Quentin Tarantino Shelving THE HATEFUL EIGHT After Script Leak
By Malik Forté on January 21, 2014
Quentin Tarantino is not a happy camper, so much so that he’s decided to put directing The Hateful Eight on the back burner indefinitely. Deadline reports that Tarantino was very upset after giving his script to a small group of actors, only to have someone from within that group compromise the script’s confidentiality by sharing it.
“I’m very, very depressed,” said Tarantino. “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.” Aw, man, you can’t help but feel sorry for the guy, especially considering how passionate he is about his films.
While the plan now is to put The Hateful Eight on the back burner, that’s only in regard to the big screen. Tarantino instead has decided turn the script into a novel, publish it, and then revisit the idea of taking it to the big screen within the next five years. This actually may turn out to be a great idea, because if the book is as good as Tarantino’s films normally are, he’ll have an even greater following leading up to the release of the movie.
As far as the person responsible for leaking the script, right now it’s a game of Clue figuring out who’s to blame. Tarantino claims he gave the script out to six people, including Tim Roth (whom he knows for sure didn’t do it), Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern. He also allowed Django Unchained producer Reggie Hudlin view the script and felt betrayed after later learning that Hudlin allowed his agent to come to his house and look through it. But since the agent didn’t end up with the script, Hudlin is not being pegged as the leak offender, either.
Overall, this is all one big clusterfuck of bittersweet confusion. I say bittersweet, because though it’s a bummer that we won’t be getting The Hateful Eight on the big screen (and I mean a total bummer), at least we can expect a good novel out of this unfortunate debacle. I just hope whatever Tarantino decides to do next, he gets ol’ Bruce Dern involved in the project some how.