Fightin' Mad Tarantino Cancels 'Hateful Eight' After Script Leak

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 08:59 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Fightin' Mad Tarantino Cancels 'Hateful Eight' After Script Leak

Like a father turning the car around and canceling the road trip to Disneyland to spite the bickering children in the backseat, Quentin Tarantino is putting his next western, The Hateful Eight, on ice indefinitely.

He'll publish the script, but he won't be making the movie anytime soon.

The writer-director behind the likes of Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, and Kill Bill hasn't been this mad since filing suit against his neighbor Alan Ball for the "obnoxious pteradactyl-like screams" of Ball's "exotic bird menagerie."

As we learned in November, Tarantino was planning to follow up Django Unchained with another western, this one an ensemble about which we know next to nothing.  Earlier this month, the writer reportedly shared his first draft titled The Hateful Eight with Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz.  QT himself has clarified that he did, in fact, hand off the script to Dern, as well as Reservoir Dogs players Tim Roth and Michael Madsen, though he does imply that he planned on giving it to Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson, too.

But the script was apparently shared with more people than Tarantino was planned on.  “I’m very, very depressed,” he tells 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.”

“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."

The director is now doing a bit of gumshoe work, explaining, "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.”

Always mercurial, Tarantino says that The Hateful Eight might get made someday, but for now, we'll have to content ourselves with the written word. “I could totally change my mind; I own the fucking thing. But I can tell you, it’s not going to be the next thing I do. It’s my baby, and if the muse calls me later to do it, we’ll do it. I was thinking about the idea of maybe publishing it before I made it, but now that deal happens for sure, and I’m not doing it next,” he says.

While we won't be hearing pundits discuss the violence in The Hateful Eight in the near future, Tarantino is apparently cooking up something else entirely, so the wait for another QT joint won't be too long.

“The idea was, I was going to write two scripts,” he says. “I wasn’t going to shoot the Western until next winter, and I have been full of piss and vinegar about the other one. So now I’ll do that one.”

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