We hope you weren’t looking forward to Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, The Hateful Eight, too much, because it’s not going to happen anymore. According to Deadline, someone in Hollywood leaked the script to others without the director's permission, causing Tarantino to scrap the project altogether.
"I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino told the site. “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 after his agent began getting phone calls from other agents trying to get their clients in the film. Tarantino doesn’t know who leaked the script, but he has his suspicions.
"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 to the site. “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.”
Apparently, Tarantino told the site that he suspects the leak came from CAA, which represents Bruce Dern. However, CAA has denied these claims to Deadline. The site is warning that you shouldn't expect the identity of the leaker to be revealed any time soon.
Tarantino fans shouldn’t be too distraught, though. With the possibility of The Hateful Eight script being published instead of filmed, the story will at least see the light of day. He even admitted that he could change his mind and make the film at some point anyway. It just won't likely be his next project.
Plus, Tarantino is always talking about all of the potential films he wants to make, so he should have no problem getting something else into production before long.