In some disappointing news, Quentin Tarantino has decided to shelve his next film The Hateful Eight after his screenplay was leaked. Speaking to Deadline, Tarantino spoke of how betrayed he felt. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now,” Tarantino said. “I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.”
So the question is, who leaked the script? In preparation for his upcoming Western, Tarantino gave the script to six people, three of whom were actors. “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 f***ing agents work, but I’m not making this next,” Tarantino said, clearly upset. “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.”
Tarantino suspects that screenplay was leaked from the CAA, which represents actor Bruce Dern. Of course, the company completely refutes Tarantino’s suspicions. They suggest that the director himself may be to blame, citing the fact that he disperses scripts himself as a possible reason. He hands his screenplays out with watermarks on them, which is what usually prevents people from leaking copies.
It’s quite a shame that Tarantino has felt the brunt of someone’s selfishness, especially this early in his filmmaking process. Still, he hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of tackling the screenplay again in the future, saying, “I could totally change my mind; I own the f***king 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.”