Quentin Tarantino drops new western after script leak

News Simon Brew
22 Jan 2014 - 06:53

The Hateful Eight isn't happening, as a script leak leads Quentin Tarantino to halt work on his new western...

It was looking as if Quentin Tarantino's first film post-Django Unchained was to see him return to the western genre. He'd been working on a script called The Hateful Eight, and all indications were that he was planning to shoot that this year.

But that plan is now on indefinite hold.

It turns out that Tarantino had given a copy of the script to a small number of actors, and that subsequently, said script has leaked. He told Deadline that "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".

Tarantino seemed to basically home in on either Michael Madsen or Bruce Dern as someone who let their agent read the screenplay, and then the agent spread the script throughout Hollywood. It's unclear whether either of those are actually the guilty party (although Tarantino said "it’s got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names") but what is clear is that The Hateful Eight is now in turnaround.

Tarantino said that "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".

He's instead set to focus on another script that he was working on, although what that is remains unclear for now.


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