Quentin Tarantino Delaying Western 'Hateful Eight' After Script Leaks
by Ethan Anderton
January 21, 2014
Well, this is just terrible. Just after hearing over a week ago that Quentin Tarantino had completed the first draft of his new western The Hateful Eight, with an eye towards Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz to star, the film has now been shelved due to a stupid mistake by someone in Hollywood. Deadline has word that the script for the film leaked around Hollywood after the writer and director only handed it out to only six people. Apparently Tarantino's agents began getting phone calls from agents looking to pitch actors for roles in the film, and that's how he found out. The director is so upset that he has decided he will publish the story first (maybe as a book or graphic novel?) and may make the movie "in the next five years."
Here's what Tarantino told Deadline about this fiasco:
“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."
The question is who leaked the script and probably won't work in this town again? Tarantino guesses:
“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. 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 ten more where that came from.”
Tarantino thinks that the script might have leaked from Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents actor Bruce Dern, but they've denied the suspicion (who wouldn't?) The bad news is that Tarantino may never find out who leaked the script because he failed to watermark the copies, which is usually done with high profile scripts so the leaks can be traced. Of course, that's not a foolproof plan either because interns and assistants copy secret scripts all the time. Tarantino isn't one to care when this happens, noting:
“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. 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.”
It seems like the script just leaked too early for Tarantino's liking, and it sounds like he's just more hurt than anything. That's a bummer for anyone hoping to see Waltz (who wasn't actually one of the actors given the script, it turns out) and Dern team up, but at least the director says that he will make sure to write the Oscar nominee from Nebraska a big role in his next film. Of course, Tarantino isn't giving any details whatsoever on that project, not even a genre, so who knows what we'll end up with now. Let's just hope some stupid agent or other industry "professional" doesn't screw it up for the rest of us again. Upset?
Reader Feedback - 29 Comments
"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 ten more where that came from.” Boss.
si1ver on Jan 21, 2014
Alex Williams on Jan 21, 2014
Epic. Sucks though.
Xerxexx on Jan 21, 2014
Bummed that it's not going to get made any time soon, but Quentin saying "I’ve got ten more where that came from" made me really happy. While reading this article I was afraid he got pissed enough to take a hiatus from making any movies. I hope he'll have another project ready by next winter.
Terry Craig on Jan 21, 2014
How will any of us sleep tonight?
97point6 on Jan 21, 2014
You don't think this is being overly dramatic? These Hollywood types need to get a grip and check their egos at the door. The world won’t end if Tarantino doesn’t make another movie. What a crybaby. What a spoiled brat diva. What a royal jerk. What an egomaniac. What an asshole. QT is all of those things and more. “Waaahhh! My script got put on the internet! so now I’m not going to make it! Waahh! I want the FBI and the KGB to investigate and prosecute whoever did this to me! Screw them! Screw everyone! I’m Quentin Tarantino and nobody does this to me! I’m angry and I feel so betrayed by my circle of trusted friends! Boo-Hoo-Hoo!”
Trey Wilson on Jan 21, 2014
While writing, my tongue was firmly planted in the cheek. You and I are on the same page.
97point6 on Jan 22, 2014
oh, give me a fucking break. What a drama queen.
Trey Wilson on Jan 21, 2014
you are that agent, aren't you?
Quynh Truong on Jan 21, 2014
He must be upset but It doesn't Matter too far. His reaction is a little bit exaggerated. He must trust to his viewers and followers because We know his ability and his enthusiasm for western pictures. Then leaked of scripts cant be impact on minds of fans. If he even want REMAKE Good , Bad , Ugly I'M IN anyway. This is not good reason for shutting down a idea. Many of books and scripts turn to brilliant cinematic pictures over and over. He must trust on his script and doesn't loose his eager.
Ehsan Davodi on Jan 21, 2014
Okay so I'll be the one to ask: Can the script be found anywhere on the tubes?
Benjamin Hunter on Jan 21, 2014
How dumb do you have to be to hand out your script to 6 people? Just pull a Nolan and never let anyone read the script unless you're in the same room with them.
Glorious_Cause on Jan 21, 2014
He felt he could trust them, lesson learned, he'll likely do exactly as you say in future.
El_MUERkO on Jan 22, 2014
I don't see the big deal, it's a first draft. First drafts are usually nowhere even close to the film other than basic framework of the story, and even then settings, characters, plot points, entire acts, and endings can and will change. If Tarantino's upset about his first draft being leaked, maybe he should stop shooting his first drafts.
Guest on Jan 22, 2014
Blimey, he really is a whiney petulant child isn't he? Unfortunately he's surrounded himself with so many 'yes' men that keep telling him everything he writes is so cool and hip and funny, that his ego his way ahead of his talent.
Payne by name on Jan 22, 2014
And because an agent was naughty, nobody in the car gets ice cream.
Benjamin Hunter on Jan 22, 2014
Exactly. Very funny and well done. Short and quick and nailed the whole thing. Thanks.
Guest on Jan 22, 2014
Right on the button here, Payne by name. I've always felt that way about QT and his work. Although, embarrassed as I am to admit it, I thought Django pretty funny and that was a bummer....lol...but really, to quote from a movie above Tarantino's pay grade...'Come on, Jake...it's Chinatown... it's Chinatown'. Or Hollywood. This has become a big deal because QT has made it a big deal. Besides, if he feels betrayed that's on him. Anytime one feels anything it's your feeling...blaming the feeling on someone else is a bit childish and spiritually vapid. Whoever showed the script or did whatever didn't do it out of 'you know I'm gonna betray this Tarantino guy'. Whoever did whatever were doing so out of their own egoic needs just as QT in now doing out of his egoic needs. So he going to take his ball and go home. Who cares? Be fine with me if he never made another film ever...period.
Guest on Jan 22, 2014
Damn. Damn! DAMN!!!
DAVIDPD on Jan 22, 2014
This '90's show' ----done to death 'decadence' of --spent too much time in the -------------------franchise slum Hollywood ------------------------------- ---'Tear--in ---teen----know'. He's ---NOWHERE with NOTHIN' to SAY.
IT OUT IT 22 on Jan 22, 2014
For a creative this matters a lot and I fully understand QT on this. For those of you who think he is just being drama queen, you obviously have no clue what it means to be a creative. The creative process is very sacred and personal journey, you sometimes invite a few people you trust along that journey but no artist wants to show their work to the world before its done. Especially someone of the calibre as QT, one who has a serious level to maintain. Plus the script isnt even fully done. So you dont want people forming assumptions based on work in progress. It would be terrible if people began critiquing work that is in progress.
Tomi Lahdesmaki on Jan 22, 2014
Right? I didn't even really read "cry baby / drama queen" out of it at all. I mean, if it had been MY script?! F**k. Seriously, the calm that he's apparently maintained is beyond me.
avconsumer2 on Jan 23, 2014
Cool, here's hoping he does a contemporary crime film instead.
cuckoozey on Jan 22, 2014
Is it just me or does this make no sense? Why can't he make the film just because the script leaked? Doesn't that happen all the time?
DavideCoppola on Jan 22, 2014
So people in Hollywood can't be trusted... In other news, a new study has found the Earth to be nearly spherical in shape, not flat as we once thought! It must suck to be betrayed but it's nice to hear he has a ton more stories up his sleeve. Lets see what he's going to do next.
Neuromancer on Jan 22, 2014
Whatever he creates is usually kick ass, so if not this particular movie, it will be the next
Tester on Jan 22, 2014
On the one hand he was a bit over the top, not in his reaction, but in how he conveyed it to the Deadline people. On the other hand, I like his personal stance and willingness to not do the movie at this time, instead shelving it or abandoning it, and coming up with something else. Another writer/director would probably make a few quick changes and rush into production to get th movie out before more leaks happen, thus giving a sub-standard product. So I credit him on that.
theslayer5150 on Jan 22, 2014
I remember some years ago, after Basterds came out, he mentioned he wanted to do either a western or a Roaring 20's film as his next project. Hopefully we'll get the latter now.
grimjob on Jan 22, 2014
Miguel Garay Boszeta on Jan 23, 2014
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