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A couple weeks ago, we learned that director Quentin Tarantino’s next film would be an ensemble Western called The Hateful Eight. However, Tarantino learned today that the script for his upcoming project has leaked, after giving copies of it to only a small handful of actors and producers. Deadline talked to him about the incident, and the director has apparently decided to shelve the project after feeling betrayed. This is what Tarantino had to say about the incident:
“I’m very, very depressed. I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.”
With only six people having been handed the script by Tarantino himself, the question is who let it slip? The aggravated director explains:
“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. That’s a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didn’t 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 didn’t 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 don’t know how these fucking agents work, but I’m not making this next. I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now. I give it out to six people and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got ten more where that came from.”
As unfortunate as shelving an entire movie due to a situation like this may seem, to Tarantino it’s all about trust. And who wouldn’t feel betrayed after a leak like this? So it appears he will publish the script, and maybe revisit his plans to film it at a later date. While some may consider Tarantino to be overreacting, it’s understandable for someone who has created something they are proud of.
The good news is he stated he has a bunch more ideas ready to go, so we should still be able to see the next film from the acclaimed director in 2016 at the earliest. Which, when you think about it, isn’t all that bad.
What do you think of Tarantino’s decision to shelve his own project? While it is upsetting to hear, we’ll just have to see what happens next.
Written by Josh Sazin on January 21st, 2014, with a link to Deadline.