Director Quentin Tarantino has shelved his upcoming western The Hateful Eight, after first draft scripts were leaked to industry insiders.
“I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino told Deadline. “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 learned of the leak when his agent Mike Simpson began getting phone calls from other agents looking to pitch their clients for roles in the film.
“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…agents work, but I’m not making this next.”
Tarantino will now publish the script and move onto another project. “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.”
The Hateful Eight was rumoured to reference The Magnificent Seven, the John Sturges adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai and was set to star Bruce Dern. Tarantino added that he loves Dern, and will likely write a new role for him in his next film instead. He remains tight-lipped about the next project.