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Quentin Tarantino Shelves 'The Hateful Eight' After Hollywood Insiders Leak Script, May Publish As Book Instead

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 21, 2014 11:03 PM
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Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

While Hollywood tends to gripe about piracy and the theft of intellectual property, the dirty secret that no one wants to talk about is that sometimes, people in the industry are the perpetrators of this sort of thing. Indeed, one only has to make a couple of Google searches to find screeners for this year's awards contenders available if you look (not so) hard enough. And now, Quentin Tarantino has fallen victim to slippery fingers, and with great vengeance and furious anger, has shelved his next film.

Deadline reports that Tarantino has decided to cancel his recently announced next movie, the western "The Hateful Eight." The project was one he was already eyeing Bruce Dern for and was in the process of assembling a cast to shoot next winter. But after giving the script to six people—including producer Reggie Hudlin, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen (note: he was sought for the role that was mistakenly identified for Christoph Waltz)—one of them let it get into the hands of their agent or manager. When Tarantino's agent started getting calls from other agents trying to pitch their talent for the film, that's when the director knew something was up.

“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,” Tarantino said. “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 10 more where that came from.”

And while Tarantino realizes that his scripts are highly sought after—legally or not—he doesn't necessarily have a problem with it, though it does perturb him that from this small group of people, his work still managed to leak. “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,” Tarantino told Deadline. “Frankly, I wouldn’t 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, I’ll be setting meetings with publishers.”

Indeed, the director is now looking to publish the script, and perhaps revisit it down the line. But for now, he'll jump to his next movie idea, one that also has a lead role for Bruce Dern, a project he already says he's "full of piss and vinegar about," though he won't say any more. As for "The Hateful Eight"? He thinks it was either Dern's or Madsen's people who circulated the script, and it'll be interesting to see where the fingers start pointing. But maybe this incident will fuel whatever Tarantino will be writing next...

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  • Donella | January 23, 2014 6:08 PMReply

    Leave the Westerns to the Coens, please and thank you.

  • frankie | January 23, 2014 10:47 AMReply

    where can i read the screenplay

  • Elias Schulkin | January 22, 2014 9:45 PMReply

    There were some great films at Sundance this year, but has anyone seen California Dreaming yet? Definitely an incredible journey.

  • Clint | January 22, 2014 4:25 PMReply

    The film not being made is disappointing, but let's be honest, the title sucked.

  • evil | January 22, 2014 3:11 PMReply

    Harvey wanted to see some more Nazi killing in Killer Crow maybe.

  • Rohit Raina | January 22, 2014 12:34 PMReply

    Disappointed for the artist unchained

    Wen will his nxt movie come then!!

  • Hannah | January 22, 2014 10:50 AMReply

    Nothing QT about QT.

  • brendan coke | January 22, 2014 11:44 AM

    ooh dear qt got his but shut down.
    (in reference to the british channel 4
    news item he did for django...)

  • Shawn | January 22, 2014 10:15 AMReply

    Haha. He called the internet "the net."

  • Rob | January 22, 2014 8:44 AMReply

    Too bad for Quentin, but I'm kinda glad he shelved another western.

  • Ade | January 22, 2014 5:57 AMReply

    QT should have only let people come to his house to read the script for now. No taking a script away with them. Maybe when he calms down he'll resume work on it, after all the Django script leaked more than six months before it began filming.

  • Rick Speeder | January 22, 2014 9:12 AM

    There could be any number of reasons why inviting people over to read it was not what he did. Chiefly, he had complete trust in every person he gave the script to. No writer gives out a first draft to some random people they're at all uneasy about. Inglorious came out early too but neither of these scripts were first drafts and they came out how he said he likes them to be released: by friends he allows to release and discuss them. I say let him be. His scripts can radically change from draft one to the shooting script. Iffy is abandoning this, he is the only person who knows all the details of why he's making this decision. But implying that his reaction is a tantrum is a weird way to treat someone who cares so much about what they make and why.

  • No | January 22, 2014 9:10 AM

    Most actors who have an interest in a project don't read a script at a director's house. You turn a script over to a person whom you approach to work on the project but you don't expect basic professional protocol to breached. Tarantino had worked with Roth at least twice before and didn't betray him. One of the another person ought to at least admit that he was the offending person.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | January 22, 2014 4:36 AMReply

    Sorry guys Kevin here. I wrote this article that I took from Entertainment Weekly -- ignore the fact that I did not try to reach Madsen's agent or Hudlin's agent for comment and please continue to call me an entertainment journalist. My mom would thank you for for it.

  • DAVE'S DELUXE again | January 22, 2014 4:46 AM

    And BTW, the "real" Kevin stole that info from Deadline, not EW.

  • Dave's Deluxe | January 22, 2014 4:44 AM

    Sorry, Kev, but the verdict's in on you "internet critics". And that y'all really only write to impress your (most likely middle-class) parent(s) isn't really a surprise. Appreciate your candor, though.

  • hank | January 22, 2014 1:18 AMReply

    If it ain't on the internet, it ain't leaked.

  • Craig Brown | January 22, 2014 12:27 AMReply

    It was Mr Blonde, no, it was Mr Black!
    Oh, FFS, who cares!

  • Jibs | January 22, 2014 12:19 AMReply

    Is it just me, or is this remind you of a kid losing at a boardgame that gets mad and just knocks all the pieces on the floor?

  • bohmer | January 22, 2014 1:23 PM

    Hey billy red face what are you doing over heeere?!

  • Bill Burr | January 22, 2014 9:00 AM

    Yes. We should resent and belittle the guy who had his first draft leaked by people he trusted. That's definitely not any writer's worst fear.

  • Marko | January 22, 2014 1:48 AM

    Oh just wait. His next film will now be a revenge thriller about a movie director who decides to murder various actors that he planned on working with after one of his upcoming scripts got leaked to other agents.

  • SOURGRIPES | January 22, 2014 12:03 AMReply

    He's just mad because someone whose opinion he cares about finally had enough time in advance to tell him to stop making the same movie.

  • Glass | January 22, 2014 1:57 AM

    That's incorrect.

  • Sean | January 21, 2014 11:27 PMReply

    For sure Madsen's people. Wow. F$@& u Madsen. Shitty actor as it is. This is lame :/ sounded like a promising project.

  • Manni | January 22, 2014 11:20 AM

    This is plain evil and judgmental, but I'm so sure it was Madsen :D. Mr Dern is too cool for something like that. Or just cleaning lady grabbed it, idk...

  • Kevin | January 21, 2014 11:09 PMReply

    Haha, implication of article? Don't trust Madsen's people. Tarantino doesn't suspect Roth and is willing to move forward with Dern on another project.

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