Quentin Tarantino Shelves ‘The Hateful Eight’ After Someone’s Evil Agent Leaked The Script

So we mentioned that Quentin Tarantino had a new script floating around called The Hateful Eight and it sounded extremely bad ass. Sadly we will have to wait on Tarantino’s return to the western because someone betrayed the director, the film and the fans by sharing the script. From Deadline:

“I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino said. “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.” He learned that when his longtime agent Mike Simpson began getting phone calls from agents looking to pitch their clients for roles in the ensemble Western…

“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. “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 f*cking 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 10 more where that came from.”

Well that’s disappointing. I know many are very tired of Tarantino, and he certainly straddles the line between homage and full on rip-off every time his movies hit the press. But I tend to enjoy his films no matter the morals involved. Despite the bad news, this isn’t the end of The Hateful Eight according to Tarantino. There are plans on the horizon. From Indiewire:

“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,” Tarantino told Deadline. “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.”

So who’s to blame here? My money is on Michael Madsen, still upset that the rumored Vega brothers movie never came to life after Pulp Fiction. Then again, I don’t really need to see John Travolta in another movie following From Paris With Love. That’s the kind of performance you want to remember above all others.

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