Tarantino abandons new western project

22 January 2014

Director "depressed" that Hateful Eight script leaked.

Quentin Tarantino has decided to abandon his next film, following a leak of the script.

An early draft for The Hateful Eight, a mooted western, was leaked earlier this month, and Tarantino is deeply unhappy with the move.

Script leaks are not uncommon - the screenplay for Tarantino's war film Inglourious Basterds leaked many months before production began - but this was an early draft meant only for six people.

The six included a producer, two regular Tarantino collaborators (Tim Roth and Michael Madsen) and septuagenarian flavour-of-the-month Bruce Dern.

"The one I know didn’t do this is Tim Roth," Tarantino told a reporter at Deadline. "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 f***ing agents work, but I’m not making this next."

Early scripts often come with watermarks so any leaks can be traced, but Tarantino neglected to watermark the six copies, so the source may never be found.

The writer-director says he may now publish the script without filming it.

The Deadline reporter begged Tarantino to change his mind, but Tarantino claimed to be too hurt and betrayed to continue with the project.

"I’m very, very depressed,” he said.

Hopefully, somewhere in Hollywood, there’s an agent feeling pretty stupid knowing that they have unwittingly denied the world a new Django Unchained.

[Source: Deadline]