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Quentin Tarantino puts Hateful Eight script out to pasture after script leak

Jan. 21, 2014by: Niki Stephens

Were you looking forward to seeing Quentin Tarantinos THE HATEFUL EIGHT? Well, unfortunately the project has been shelved for the time being. Wait, didnt we just get the news that this was Tarantinos next project? Why the sudden shelving? Turns out a script leak is the reason the film has been pushed aside.

When Mike Fleming of Deadline got a call from Tarantino today he didnt expect it would be over something like this. The director told Fleming that maybe he might decide to revisit the project in the next five years or somaybe. Right now though, Tarantino is understandably upset:

Im very, very depressed. I finished a script, a first draft, and I didnt mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently its gotten out today.

He then went into the details:

I gave it to one of the producers on Django Unchained, Reggie Hudlin, and he let an agent come to his house and read it. Thats a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didnt end up with the script. There is an ugly maliciousness to the rest of it. I gave it to three actors: Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth. The one I know didnt do this is Tim Roth. One of the others let their agent read it and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood. I dont know how these fucking agents work, but Im not making this next. Im going to publish it, and thats it for now. I give it out to six people and if I cant trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. Ill publish it. Im done. Ill move on to the next thing. Ive got ten more where that came from.

I hadnt given it to Christoph, I havent given it to Sam Jackson. I gave it to three motherfucking actors. We met in a place and I put it in their hands. Reggie Hudlins agent never had a copy. Its got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names.

Tarantino believes that the CAA who represents Dern were the cause of the leak but when Fleming gave them a call they denied this allegation. CAA gave the explanation that Tarantino may have given out a copy of the script without a watermark making it impossible to pin point exactly who was to blame since it would have been photocopied then passed around.

Instead, the director will move on to another project with a meaty part for Dern:

The idea was, I was going to write two scripts. I wasnt going to shoot the Western until next winter, and I have been full of piss and vinegar about the other one. So now Ill do that one.

Im sure youll be hearing about copies of the script roaming around, and people offering up their opinions of the great Tarantino western that could have been. Tarantino is fine with that, but is still stung by the betrayal:

I am not talking out of both sides of my mouth, because I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the net. Frankly, I wouldnt want it any other way. I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it. But I gave it to six motherfucking people! Starting this week, Ill be setting meetings with publishers.

Kind of a letdown here. Youve got to be careful especially when you are a most sought after director like Tarantino. Im sure the leak was due to carelessness on an agents part but until then we can only speculate what really happened.

Source: Deadline

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3:45PM on 01/22/2014

Why Not Let Another Director Take A Crack At It?

It worked out for True Romance. Tony Scott's directing style with Tarantino dialogue. He might as well let someone else direct it, otherwise this will never see the light of day. It'll be alongside Kill Bill Vol. 3 and The Vega Brothers project.
It worked out for True Romance. Tony Scott's directing style with Tarantino dialogue. He might as well let someone else direct it, otherwise this will never see the light of day. It'll be alongside Kill Bill Vol. 3 and The Vega Brothers project.
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5:48PM on 01/22/2014
I wonder who he'd trust these days with his work. Tarantino famously sold True Romance to help finance Reservoir Dogs. He wrote Natural Born Killers and lived to regret letting Oliver Stone make it his own thing. He did let Robert Rodriguez make From Dusk til Dawn, and the two are famous friends. But Quentin Tarantino seems a bit possessive of his work, particularly now that he can pretty much write his own ticket.
I wonder who he'd trust these days with his work. Tarantino famously sold True Romance to help finance Reservoir Dogs. He wrote Natural Born Killers and lived to regret letting Oliver Stone make it his own thing. He did let Robert Rodriguez make From Dusk til Dawn, and the two are famous friends. But Quentin Tarantino seems a bit possessive of his work, particularly now that he can pretty much write his own ticket.
3:33PM on 01/22/2014
Stop the presses: Quentin Tarantino has got ten other movies he can borrow liberally from!
Stop the presses: Quentin Tarantino has got ten other movies he can borrow liberally from!
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2:12PM on 01/22/2014

not buying it.

i know Django leaked weeks before casting was even finished and he didnt say boo. i think he's either laying down some misdirection or he's pissed about something else.
i know Django leaked weeks before casting was even finished and he didnt say boo. i think he's either laying down some misdirection or he's pissed about something else.
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11:08AM on 01/22/2014
I don't get it because Django leaked well before Jamie Foxx had been cast and there didn't seem to be any fuss about it and look how that turned out...
I don't get it because Django leaked well before Jamie Foxx had been cast and there didn't seem to be any fuss about it and look how that turned out...
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5:43PM on 01/22/2014
Jamie wasn't the first choice for the role. Here, literally three actors had been approached and handed the script.
Jamie wasn't the first choice for the role. Here, literally three actors had been approached and handed the script.
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10:22AM on 01/22/2014

well S***

I loved he was going back to a western film and I always look forward to every QT film. I'd like to know what his second script is about. maybe its an asian themed horror, any thoughts?
I loved he was going back to a western film and I always look forward to every QT film. I'd like to know what his second script is about. maybe its an asian themed horror, any thoughts?
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9:20AM on 01/22/2014

Suck it up buttercup!

Seriously, I understand its complete bullshit that the script got leaked and I would be pissed too but don't take it out on your fans. Go raise some hell, then make the movie. I think he's so pissed about it, that he's not thinking clearly. Isn't it the first draft anyways? It's a year from filming. I'm sure he will tweak the story within that year. Plus, how many people are really going to read the script? I LOVE movies but I wont read it. I'll wait until the movie is released. I tried finding
Seriously, I understand its complete bullshit that the script got leaked and I would be pissed too but don't take it out on your fans. Go raise some hell, then make the movie. I think he's so pissed about it, that he's not thinking clearly. Isn't it the first draft anyways? It's a year from filming. I'm sure he will tweak the story within that year. Plus, how many people are really going to read the script? I LOVE movies but I wont read it. I'll wait until the movie is released. I tried finding it and couldn't so its not like it's being downloaded by everyone. I don't' know how many people have it but it doesn't seem to be a lot. I kinda understand where he is coming from but I also think he's being childish.
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9:12AM on 01/22/2014

Seriously?

Quit being a fucking crybaby, QT, and make the goddamn movie. If your films are "art," then why does something like this matter?
Quit being a fucking crybaby, QT, and make the goddamn movie. If your films are "art," then why does something like this matter?
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7:50AM on 01/22/2014
As someone who used to work at a talent agency in LA, I wouldn't be suprised if the leak came from one of the actor's agents OR my guess, an assistant. You wouldn't believe how tempting it is to leak scripts that make their way to your desk when your in those positions. Tempting as it may be, it's wrong.
As someone who used to work at a talent agency in LA, I wouldn't be suprised if the leak came from one of the actor's agents OR my guess, an assistant. You wouldn't believe how tempting it is to leak scripts that make their way to your desk when your in those positions. Tempting as it may be, it's wrong.
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7:17AM on 01/22/2014
Wow, this totally fucking sucks. I was really pumped for another Tarantino western, especially one with Bruce Dern in a major role. Well, I guess we'll see what happens.

Somewhat off topic, I was just saying the other day that he needs to make another movie with Tim Roth. The fact that he showed the script to Roth gives me hope that this may be happening!
Wow, this totally fucking sucks. I was really pumped for another Tarantino western, especially one with Bruce Dern in a major role. Well, I guess we'll see what happens.

Somewhat off topic, I was just saying the other day that he needs to make another movie with Tim Roth. The fact that he showed the script to Roth gives me hope that this may be happening!
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4:59AM on 01/22/2014

Where can I download it?

So does anyone know where I can download the script? I loved the leaked script for Django unchained. I thought it was way better than the actual movie...
So does anyone know where I can download the script? I loved the leaked script for Django unchained. I thought it was way better than the actual movie...
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3:15AM on 01/22/2014
I was really looking forward to another QT western. To whoever leaked it: go fuck yo self.
I was really looking forward to another QT western. To whoever leaked it: go fuck yo self.
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3:11AM on 01/22/2014

Hmmmm... Something doesn't sound right.

Whilst I can understand anyone being pissed off if their 'secrets' are shared this seems a little OTT. I mean is the script out there on the web, I can't find it. So what a few people know the details.
People are constantly trying to get spoilers. Did JJ change the end of Star Trek Into Darkness because of photos of Spock and Khan's final punch up appeared on the web a few weeks into shooting... No. (a few people might wish he had though hohoho)
Tarantino is in my top 5 directors and I'd
Whilst I can understand anyone being pissed off if their 'secrets' are shared this seems a little OTT. I mean is the script out there on the web, I can't find it. So what a few people know the details.
People are constantly trying to get spoilers. Did JJ change the end of Star Trek Into Darkness because of photos of Spock and Khan's final punch up appeared on the web a few weeks into shooting... No. (a few people might wish he had though hohoho)
Tarantino is in my top 5 directors and I'd watch a dog food commercial he wrote and directed. That said this seems more like an excuse to ditch a screenplay that has recieved a lukewarm reception from those that have read it, and save face, than because there is an actual issue with it being out there.
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1:02AM on 01/22/2014
I feel that his response to a script leak was a understandable reason. Wanting to make a movie like in the good old days were the script stays with the people who needs them and not have it out there for the public to see, then theres nothing wrong with that. Sucks that he had to make that decision
I feel that his response to a script leak was a understandable reason. Wanting to make a movie like in the good old days were the script stays with the people who needs them and not have it out there for the public to see, then theres nothing wrong with that. Sucks that he had to make that decision
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12:33AM on 01/22/2014

Ok, 15,000+ fans who'll seek to read it on the net vs. The millions who'll definitely see the finished product regardless...

Sorry, but I really don't see anything wrong w/ a simple script leak. Just film it.

I get that he's upset. The circumstances alone justify that. Plus...this is *Quentin Tarantino* we're talking about here. But I would be willing to bet dollars to donuts (dollars that I would GLADLY spend going to see "The Hateful Eight" on opening day whether I read the script or not) that if QT went forward w/ this film...It'd be successful no matter what.

This just plain sucks.
Sorry, but I really don't see anything wrong w/ a simple script leak. Just film it.

I get that he's upset. The circumstances alone justify that. Plus...this is *Quentin Tarantino* we're talking about here. But I would be willing to bet dollars to donuts (dollars that I would GLADLY spend going to see "The Hateful Eight" on opening day whether I read the script or not) that if QT went forward w/ this film...It'd be successful no matter what.

This just plain sucks.
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7:31AM on 01/22/2014
Get to a level that QT is at. Write a very personal script. Give it to a couple close people. Have it sent out to millions. Then don't complain.
Get to a level that QT is at. Write a very personal script. Give it to a couple close people. Have it sent out to millions. Then don't complain.
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12:21AM on 01/22/2014

i think....

I would put money on Dern. Madsen, IMO, knows how to handle stuff like that with who I am supposing is a good friend of Tarantino. With Bruce Dern coming off Nebraska and award season his agent probably got so hopped up and excited. Madsen knows the drill. Its gotta be Dern
I would put money on Dern. Madsen, IMO, knows how to handle stuff like that with who I am supposing is a good friend of Tarantino. With Bruce Dern coming off Nebraska and award season his agent probably got so hopped up and excited. Madsen knows the drill. Its gotta be Dern
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12:16AM on 01/22/2014
Sucks but honestly when it comes to this guy I'm more surprised when one of his ideas for a movie isn't shelved
Sucks but honestly when it comes to this guy I'm more surprised when one of his ideas for a movie isn't shelved
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12:08AM on 01/22/2014
Love him or hate him, a Tarantino script usually is something special. This really shouldn't have happened and he has every right to be upset about it.
Love him or hate him, a Tarantino script usually is something special. This really shouldn't have happened and he has every right to be upset about it.
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12:05AM on 01/22/2014

I didn't read the script...

...now make the movie.
...now make the movie.
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11:16PM on 01/21/2014

Look at the bright side:

Yes, it's a shame, but...
A: It means he has enough surplus of good ideas to feel comfortable jettisoning this one.
B: With this genre's stall doors kicked in, my dream of a QT sci-fi flick is this much closer to fruition.

Just trying to be positive.
Yes, it's a shame, but...
A: It means he has enough surplus of good ideas to feel comfortable jettisoning this one.
B: With this genre's stall doors kicked in, my dream of a QT sci-fi flick is this much closer to fruition.

Just trying to be positive.
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11:31PM on 01/21/2014
Silver lining.
Silver lining.
11:13PM on 01/21/2014

Madsen...

Why'd he do this? He hasn't been in anything good lately. If he wants to continue Direct to Video, that's fine just don't bring anyone else down.
Why'd he do this? He hasn't been in anything good lately. If he wants to continue Direct to Video, that's fine just don't bring anyone else down.
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11:02PM on 01/21/2014
This sucks and typecasting points right towards madsen
This sucks and typecasting points right towards madsen
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10:57PM on 01/21/2014
This might just be him letting off steam, after feeling betrayed by the people he let see the script. I can understand why he is upset, but there's PLENTY of people who haven't read the script, myself included. Is it really that easy for any person to get a copy of the script and read it? I don't really see why it matters that much. Just continue to make the film. The people who like to read scripts can, then let the rest of the world be surprised when we watch the final film. I think I'm kinda
This might just be him letting off steam, after feeling betrayed by the people he let see the script. I can understand why he is upset, but there's PLENTY of people who haven't read the script, myself included. Is it really that easy for any person to get a copy of the script and read it? I don't really see why it matters that much. Just continue to make the film. The people who like to read scripts can, then let the rest of the world be surprised when we watch the final film. I think I'm kinda glad anyway. He just did a western, and I would rather he move to something else. Maybe a super hero film, or sci-fi.
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10:55PM on 01/21/2014
Fuckin' Madsen...
Fuckin' Madsen...
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10:45PM on 01/21/2014
He sounds like Joe from Reservoir Dogs right now. I'm sure this will all end in a Mexican stand off soon enough
He sounds like Joe from Reservoir Dogs right now. I'm sure this will all end in a Mexican stand off soon enough
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10:45PM on 01/21/2014
Too bad Taran-tots! lol
Too bad Taran-tots! lol
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11:33PM on 01/21/2014
Yea to bad that you're a douche bag
Yea to bad that you're a douche bag
12:25AM on 01/22/2014
Don't feed the troll.
Don't feed the troll.
10:44PM on 01/21/2014

Alright it leaked

I still missed why he's not making it?
I still missed why he's not making it?
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10:40PM on 01/21/2014

Worst news ever!

Besides the fact we won't get to see this, it means we will have to wait longer to see the next QT movie while he finishes off his other script.
Besides the fact we won't get to see this, it means we will have to wait longer to see the next QT movie while he finishes off his other script.
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10:38PM on 01/21/2014

This sucks!

Idk what the big deal is.. All his scripts leak! There must be more behind this that what he's saying.
Idk what the big deal is.. All his scripts leak! There must be more behind this that what he's saying.
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10:37PM on 01/21/2014
Really a shame. I don't think anyone can blame Tarantino and that's a really crappy thing to do. One of the great things about a QT movie is that it's always full of surprise, so a leaked script for any of his films is never good. But, whatever he has coming next is going to be great as well, I am sure about that. At least we'll get to read the script once it gets published so it won't be a mystery as to the story or characters. Shame we likely won't see it put to screen though.
Really a shame. I don't think anyone can blame Tarantino and that's a really crappy thing to do. One of the great things about a QT movie is that it's always full of surprise, so a leaked script for any of his films is never good. But, whatever he has coming next is going to be great as well, I am sure about that. At least we'll get to read the script once it gets published so it won't be a mystery as to the story or characters. Shame we likely won't see it put to screen though.
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10:07PM on 01/21/2014

Ramble

its crazy how depressed you can get over movie news, but this really sucks. honestly though, in this day and age, that's bound to happen, I don't really get the logic in scrapping the whole thing. Good to hear though there's a sudden proliferation in output.
its crazy how depressed you can get over movie news, but this really sucks. honestly though, in this day and age, that's bound to happen, I don't really get the logic in scrapping the whole thing. Good to hear though there's a sudden proliferation in output.
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10:04PM on 01/21/2014
Tarantino can be a baby sometimes, but I think he is perfectly within his right to be pissed about this.
Tarantino can be a baby sometimes, but I think he is perfectly within his right to be pissed about this.
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10:03PM on 01/21/2014
Damn! I'd be mad too! I wonder what genre the other script is though?
Damn! I'd be mad too! I wonder what genre the other script is though?
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9:55PM on 01/21/2014

YOU BLEW IT!!!!!!

My day was going so fucking well too...

-edit-
Yeah my suspect is Bruce Dern's agent; Michael Madsen's been in the news with money troubles and would have the motive to leak it for a quick payday -- BUT, he was never even mentioned in the casting-rumors. So there's that. Heads are going to roll at CAA tomorrow.
My day was going so fucking well too...

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Yeah my suspect is Bruce Dern's agent; Michael Madsen's been in the news with money troubles and would have the motive to leak it for a quick payday -- BUT, he was never even mentioned in the casting-rumors. So there's that. Heads are going to roll at CAA tomorrow.
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