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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Well, that's also one less movie that isn't a reboot or sequel.

Tbh, after Django, Basterds and the Grindhouse stuff, I am sort of hoping Tarantino leaves the genres alone and makes a return to films set in the 'real world'. As fun as Hateful Eight may have turned out to be, it'd be fantastic to see him do what Scorsese has just done with 'Wolf' and make something along the lines of another 'Jackie Brown'

This! I think Mark Kermode is right in his assessment about QT, he made a cracking film in 'Jackie Brown' but it flopped so he subsequently retreated to sterotypically 'Tarantino-esque' films only in differing genres! He was one of the best writers/directors of his generation but since the 'Kill Bill' films he's become something of a culture vulture sadly...

Also this! I've liked most of his films but he's not made an archetype Tarantino film since Jackie Brown and the world needs at least one more archetypal Tarantino crime flick. It's felt like he's been a big kid playing with toys and ticking stuff off his list for the last decade at least. Having said that, what about a Tarantino Sci-Fi film?

Episode VIII?

It's like a little boy not wanting to play with his football anymore because too many of his mates have borrowed it. If the script hasn't been widely read by the public, does it really matter if it's done the rounds of Hollywood? Having said that though, I'm a bit QT fan but I'd be happier if he returned to writing his own stories instead of just churning out nudge-nudge wink-wink genre flicks.

Does anybody remember when the Django script leaked? I seem to remember Tarantino saying he doesn't care if his scripts leak as they are their own piece of art and not representative of the movie that it becomes. I seem to remember Django leaking in early-mid 2011.

EDIT: It absolutely did leak in April/May 2011. I can't find a link to his quote from when it happened, either. Death Proof leaked, too. I remember having that.

there's no shortage off old b-movies and westerns to cannibalize for ideas!

I'd watch the hell out of that.

It's gotta be better than any of the turgid crap JJ Abrams will inevitably pump out...

Death Proof had a script?!?

Well this sucks. Django Unchained was great and I was loving the idea of Tarantino doing another Western. His output in the 2000's has consistently been awesome, so this is a real kick to the face. I hope whichever agent decided to shotgun the script all over Hollywood feels awful. You're depriving us of QT goodness we'll now never get to see.

So Vega Brothers then? Or Kill Bill 3? I'm kidding, only in a perfect world will those movies ever happen. To the person who leaked it, for shame. Now I have to read that to-be-published screenplay instead of watching 2-3 hours of awesomeness.

I concur.

Aside from his too-cool-for-school dialogue, QT is more of an editor than a writer. He excels at reforming established source material. He needs a pre-existing framework from which he can build on. His early work (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, True Romance) was solid because he was partnered with Roger Avary, who grounded him. Together, they produced interesting and, seemingly, original material. QT's penchant for film references were used sparingly; they were often subtle and fleeting.

Jackie Brown was his first screenplay without Avary. It was an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel, Rum Punch. Post Jackie Brown, QT has explicitly "borrowed" direct from other films. Even with his soundtracks. The dialogue is becoming the only original element to be found in his work.

While I'm certainly not hailing Avary as a literary genius, his solo efforts post Killing Zoe have been rather flaccid (Silent Hill and Beowulf), I do believe that QT would produce even better material if he had someone else to ground him.

I too would like to see him return to the crime genre.

I would love for Taratino to do a Retro Sci-Fi film... maybe like a take on Flash Gordon but keep the set design like it was from the 70's. I know it would never happen but I can dream

If it was anything like Django Unchained, I say good riddance!

Plan: keep leaking his scripts until he finally settles on sci-fi

I agree. However, I did enjoy Death Proof. Mainly as like you say, it was set in 'the real world' with that QT feel to it.

Toys, pram.

What a primadonna. :-(

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Playing the hard line like that though will set a precedent and actors in the future will think twice before letting the script be accidentally leaked again.

Excellent cut & pasting, moving on I agree with Rawbeard, Sci fi from Tarantino would be a great thing to behold.

It probably means this one had a twist or something.

Sigh. From the little I knew about it, it sounded good. And this was supposed to round out the loose trilogy he had going too. :(

Didn't Tarantino LET his scripts get reviewed online in the past? I'm sure I remember a pretty in-depth review (on Ain'titcool) of Kill Bill's script well before the movie actually came out.

Please God, yes, and let it be the type of design seen in Star Wars (main trilogy) with similar spacecraft design (Klingon-inspired) to that of Star Trek for the Mongo spacecraft.

What's wrong with reboots? Broadway does them all of the time without any problem.

Well, that would be because theatre is live, unlike film.

Big deal, and small difference. What it really is is that people are snobs about film and have also made film into a kind of religion, with holy orders that can't be violated and all the other trappings of religion. Films were remade aplenty with no problem in the 20s, 30s, 40s 50s, 60s and 70s and nobody ad any problems; what gives now? And why is it a crime for movie makers to do so when theater does the same?

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