Quentin Tarantino puts Hateful Eight script out to pasture after script leak
Were you looking forward to seeing Quentin Tarantinoís THE HATEFUL EIGHT? Well, unfortunately the project has been shelved for the time being. Wait, didnít we just get the news that this was Tarantinoís 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 didnít 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 soÖmaybe. Right now though, Tarantino is understandably upset:
Iím very, very depressed. I finished a script, a first draft, and I didnít mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently itís gotten out today.Ē
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. Thatís a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didnít 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 didnít 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 donít know how these fucking agents work, but Iím not making this next. Iím going to publish it, and thatís it for now. I give it out to six people and if I canít trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. Iíll publish it. Iím done. Iíll move on to the next thing. Iíve got ten more where that came from.
I hadnít given it to Christoph, I havenít 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 Hudlinís agent never had a copy. Itís 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 wasnít going to shoot the Western until next winter, and I have been full of piss and vinegar about the other one. So now Iíll do that one.
Iím sure youíll be hearing about copies of the script roaming around, and people offering up their opinions of the ďgreat Tarantino western that could have beenĒ. 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 wouldnít 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, Iíll be setting meetings with publishers.
Kind of a letdown here. Youíve got to be careful especially when you are a most sought after director like Tarantino. Iím sure the leak was due to carelessness on an agents part but until then we can only speculate what really happened.