Quentin Tarantino Puts THE HATEFUL EIGHT Aside after Script Leak; Considers Publishing a Book Version

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In a strange turn of events, a little more than a week after announcing that Quentin Tarantino would be making the Western The Hateful Eight his next picture, he’s now thinking about shelving it.  Literally.  He’s considering publishing the story first and then possibly revisiting it as a film some time in the next five years.  Why?  Well, it seems that a copy of the script sent out to a small circle of actors has been leaked, and Tarantino is so distraught over that fact that he’s thinking about scrapping production plans.  Hit the jump for more.

quentin-tarantinoDeadline reports that Tarantino may turn The Hateful Eight into a book before adapting it for a film, in part because of an inner circle betrayal.  Here’s Tarantino’s reaction:

“I’m very, very depressed. 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 … 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. 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.”

You’d think maybe Tarantino would want to channel his reaction to this betrayal into a presumably vengeful film, if the title is any indication, but who am I to tell him what to do.  He did say he’d likely write a big part for Bruce Dern for his next film, which was one of two (including The Hateful Eight) that have been on his mind recently.  He didn’t give any details on that project (obviously), but The Wrap may have a lead on Tarantino’s next film, saying:

Tarantino has been considering a prison movie of sorts and has immersed himself in the details of the Robert Blake case, though a representative for Blake told TheWrap several weeks ago that Tarantino has not reached out to the former “Baretta” star, who was acquitted of killing his wife.

In the meantime, Tarantino is focused on finding out the source of the leak:

“I hadn’t given it to Christoph, I haven’t given it to Sam Jackson. I gave it to three motherfucking actors. We met in a place and I put it in their hands. Reggie Hudlin’s agent never had a copy. It’s got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names.[emphasis mine]

quentin-tarantino-the-hateful-eightAnd should you eventually find a copy of his script online, here’s what the iconic director has to say about that:

“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. 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.”

Though it sounds like you won’t see it in theaters any time soon, it’s likely that you’ll be able to pick it up in book form before long.




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  • The Narrator

    That sucks he can’t even trust his inner circle. The ones that were there from the start. Except Roth, he’s a cool guy.

  • The Narrator

    That sucks he can’t even trust his inner circle. The ones that were there from the start. Except Roth, he’s a cool guy.

  • spoilerdirector

    So QT is so depressed about his first draft getting leaked that he’s going to publish it instead of making it as a film? What sense does that make? The percentage of people that would read his leaked script and possibly write online articles about it, that will then be seen by another tiny percentage of people, is so miniscule that it’s absurd. It’s not as if the NY Times is publishing the script on the front page, QT. Just as many, if not more, people probably had online access to the script for Django Unchained before it came out. And who is he punishing, exactly, by not making the film? The agents who leaked the script?

    • Jan

      READ. THE. ARTICLE. He’s pissed because he merely gave it out to a handful of people and it still got leaked. It’s got nothing to do with spoiling the story; as he specifically points out in his response…

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah, it still doesn’t make sense. Why make another movie instead of this one then? The problem isn’t that related to the film itself. If he does write another script, the issue will persist. I love QT, but this seems like one of his senseless eccentricities.

      • Jamie Teller

        Honestly, give him a day or two to calm down and I bet he might take back some of this.

      • Excpired

        He will probably find out who it was who leaked it and either write them out of the script and/or come up with another script that doesn’t involve them as a result of this.

      • Frank

        He had a specific cast in mind. He asked for trust, didn’t get it, and so he’s not going to hire those actors and reward the agent’s behavior.

      • Gerard Kennelly

        chris nolan put the TDKR script in a safe in his house
        and there is no written ending
        he tells you the ending
        now that is LEAK PROOF

    • http://renegadecinema.com/ Shawn S. Lealos

      Plus it was a first draft so it wasn’t even the finished project. This is one of those situations where people will write huge stories about the script when it isn’t even the one they will be shooting. I’d be mad too if someone leaked a first draft

    • Ozzy

      He doesn’t know who leaked it, so everyone loses. He is publicly bitching out the agents but the real idiots are Madsen or Dern (probably Dern), who handed the script out….

      • Sara

        Seems to me it’s obviously Masden without QT saying it. Tim Roth didn’t do it, it’s one of them – and in the next paragraph he states that he’s going to write another part for Dern in an upcoming project.
        Who’s the man left out??

      • The Flobbit

        It’s not any actor’s fault. Actors routinely show their projects to their agents, who see if they’re a good option for them. It’s the agent here who was (pun intended) an inglorious bastard.

  • Strong Enough

    I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got ten more where that came from.”

    So Boss. But Quentin said he wasn’t a writer so why waste time forming it into prose

    • Frank

      Screenplays are published all the time, no need to convert. If you go to your film and tv section at Barnes and Noble, you’ll see a bunch.

      • Strong Enough

        he meant to publish it as a book, novel right? otherwise it makes no sense to publish a script when the movie doesn’t even exist. i mean no one’s ego is that big

      • Strong Enough

        he meant to publish it as a book, novel right? otherwise it makes no sense to publish a script when the movie doesn’t even exist. i mean no one’s ego is that big

      • Frank

        He really is a nice guy. I met him once, introduced by a waiter at the Silver Spoon in West Hollywood when it was still open. He used to write there, and a lot of Hollywood old timers would hang out there. I would regularly see Robert Forrester, Sally Kirkland. I met Shelley Winters before she died. Saw Dolph Lundgren there. It was a magical place. Just a little Greek diner, but you could sense the community.

        QT was sitting outside when I met him, writing on a yellow pad. He was working, but still took the time to shake our hands. He seemed humble, not egotistical at all. I think it’s easy to come across that way though, if you get attacked enough in the press. The scrutiny, the ridicule must be brutal. I know many might say “well, he asked for it” but I don’t agree with that sentiment. I feel like society’s attention has shifted from the entertainment to the artists themselves. Reality tv culture I guess. I would encourage people to look beyond what they see in the media about celebrities. Even this story about the script, who knows what really happened?

        At the Silver Spoon, there was a big yellow movie poster on the wall, for the “The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz.” I’d get a table across from it, look at the poster, and I often wondered if QT sat in the same spot, and if that’s where he got the name for Beatrix’s grave in Kill Bill 2.

      • Strong Enough

        I know QT seems like a cool guy. But publishing a script for a movie that never got made seems like a waste of time.

      • Gerard Kennelly

        the blacklist scripts this year were very good
        .
        where angels die
        a tough as nails social worker protects a battered woman from her ex
        .
        broken cove
        an irish guy returns home to find out who murdered his brother
        .
        the shark is not working
        a young director makes JAWS
        .
        beauty queen
        a woman goes on a road trip to a pageant
        .
        man of woe
        oscar wilde life and times

  • Mike

    Sorry Quentin. On the other hand, I can’t wait to see what he writes out of this anger.

  • The Flobbit

    I love how he KNOWS that Tim Roth would not have betrayed him. Time for Quentin and Tim to unleash some Bride-style vengeance on those double-crossing rotters Dern and Madsen.

    Tarantino’s next film: Butcher Bruce, Murder Madsen. Starring Tim Roth as Quentin Tarantino.

  • The Flobbit

    I love how he KNOWS that Tim Roth would not have betrayed him. Time for Quentin and Tim to unleash some Bride-style vengeance on those double-crossing rotters Dern and Madsen.

    Tarantino’s next film: Butcher Bruce, Murder Madsen. Starring Tim Roth as Quentin Tarantino.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      Thought you were quitting this site if ride along was the number 1 film and jack Ryan flopped
      Because you couldn’t handle a successful movie starring black people

      • Hiff Cluxtable

        Where did he say that?

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      Thought you were quitting this site if ride along was the number 1 film and jack Ryan flopped
      Because you couldn’t handle a successful movie starring black people

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  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Bullshit
    Weinstein won’t pay for violence movies anymore so he’s making up sh*t!!!
    I looked for the script online and can’t find it !!

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Bullshit
    Weinstein won’t pay for violence movies anymore so he’s making up sh*t!!!
    I looked for the script online and can’t find it !!

    • OG Bobby

      Deandre has it, shot him a hollar dawg.

  • jack

    He should write a revenge film about a writer in Hollywood whose script leaks. The script was his life, his pride and joy that he worked on for years. Now he goes crazy and hunts down the actors and agents responsible for the leak.

  • jack

    He should write a revenge film about a writer in Hollywood whose script leaks. The script was his life, his pride and joy that he worked on for years. Now he goes crazy and hunts down the actors and agents responsible for the leak.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Now Tarantino pleases make a Victorian style drama/revenge movie set in 1886 England

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    He made Django unchained why ?

    • The Flobbit

      Now I’m just disliking you for the fun of it. It really cheers me up.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        You have a sad life

      • The Flobbit

        Hah! Disliked!

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    He made Django unchained why ?

  • Agustín

    YES, nobody wants another boring western

  • Agustín

    YES, nobody wants another boring western

  • sense11

    some people just cant be trusted, I dont think Tarantino is the type of guy to forget

  • Hiff Cluxtable

    The new entity here is Dern, so smart money is on his agent.

    I think/hope QT will change his mind once he cools down and finds out the identity of the leaker.

  • Trevor Putnam

    1. I can’t find a public copy of the script, and I’m usually very good at finding things on the internet, sometimes with help.

    2. Scripts leak often, but usually it’s limited to Hollywood insiders. This seems like that, it’s not public.

    3. I get that he’s upset about the leak, but movies are a business. If the money people think they will make money with a movie, they sign on, finance and shoot. If not, they pass. This goes for directors, too.

    4. This sounds like Tarantino was told “no” to something having to do with this movie, and is looking for an excuse to ditch it in favor of something that costs less than a sprawling Western.

    Just my two cents. If someone leaked the blueprints for a new fitness center I was building down the road, I doubt I’d have thrown up my hands and said, “You know what? You people don’t deserve to work out in my awesome new fitness center, because now you know where I’m putting the Nordic-Tracs, and that’s a violation of my trust. I’m not going into business here anymore.”

    • Nerdgasm

      You obviously are not an artist. Artists are passionate people. No it wasn’t PUBLIC but it was in a inner circle of producers. Tarantino also is not a fan of mainstream hollywood. he doesn’t like them. So if his heart and tears in the form of paper got into a cog with those people he would be very upset. I totally get this. Just because you don’t agree with his logic and his passion for what he does doesn’t mean there is an alternate motive. I loath people like you.

      • Trevor Putnam

        Hah! Wow, really? Loathe? (Not loath) That’s a bit strong of a response for me essentially saying “There’s probably some other motive here that make more sense, because I don’t want to believe Tarantino is as childish and petulant as this move makes him appear.”

        You know what you do when one of your actors lets your down in the pre-production stages? You cast someone else, you don’t light fire to your entire movie and wring your hands while it burns.

        Unless, of course, that’s NOT the reason, which is what I’m suggesting might be the case.

      • Excpired

        Except when your casting decisions are so spot on that you can’t imagine anyone else playing that part – then you don’t. When you are Quentin Tarantino you do what you want lol. Also I’m pretty sure nobody needs to see Quentin’s work to know its going to make money, because none of his movies (even the bad one) didn’t make money.

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah how is making a novel out of the script a solution, or something that changes the nature of the problem? Why turn it into a book instead of a film? Tarantino is not making any sense. I get that he’s upset, but not making the film doesn’t solve anything nor does it even come close.

  • James

    This is really upsetting to read about. Sorry QT! I know I would be absolutely pissed too if this happened to me. Can’t wait to see whatever it may be that he comes up with next.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    I don’t know if it’s foolish or awesome that he’s throwing a hissy fit and naming names.
    Maybe what he needs to do is set the script aside awhile and go finish The Whole Bloody Affair, something he’s been promising to do for the past 8 years (or thereabouts)..

  • Thomas K.

    Not going to lie.
    A big part of Me is bummed about this, mainly for Quentin’s sake.

    But another part of Me is glad this is happening. I wasn’t psyched about the idea of Tarantino doing another Western, plain and simply for the fact of how amazing Django is, and should stay a standalone piece of QT’s filmography. I’m a little crazy, don’t mind Me.

    I also, really hope he goes back to his “Killer Crow” project, I’ve been waiting for that from the first time he discussed the idea in an interview…

    Also, If it was Madsen, So much for that Vega Brothers film…

    • Jamie Teller

      I hope he doesn’t do “Killer Crows”, honestly. It sounds not only like a HEAVY Basterds retread, but the title alone makes me a little queasy…if his use of the n-word in his past films was enough to spark controversy, this project seems like it would lead to outright protests. He’s not Lars von Trier (whose Manderlay is a CRIMINALLY underrated examination of racial politics in American society), he’s not a principally thematic filmmaker, and I think he should continue to branch out in new directions. So, much as I love Basterds, I also don’t want him to do the proposed prequel. I just don’t see how there could be a full movie there. A web series, though…absolutely.

      Really, though, he just needs to do a musical already.

      • Thomas K.

        Not going to lie, bro.
        I liked all of Your points.
        Still want to see Killer Crow for those exact reasons.(I’m an idiot.)
        Also, Haven’t seen Manderlay, but it just jumped to the top of My Must-Watch List because of You.

        But… a Musical?
        Maybe it’s just Me and My general dislike for most Musicals, but I would never want to see Tarantino doing a Musical. haha.

      • Jamie Teller

        Have you seen any other von Trier? I’d strongly recommend you see Dogville before you see Manderlay, since they’re two parts of a trilogy (that was never finished).

        I mean, if KC ever got made, yeah, I’d see it, but between the potential firestorm and the derivative nature of it, I’d probably have a hard time actually enjoying it.

        I love musicals, so I would totally go for it. If you want another recommendation, check out Pennies From Heaven, an R-rated 80s musical with Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, and Christopher Walken as a pimp who does a tapdance-striptease to “Let’s Misbehave”.

  • bidi

    i love QT. seen all his movies. own most of them. love the guy. and even though this one had a boss title, i’m not too upset that he’s moving on. i mean i’ll probably buy the script cuz i’m an idiot consumer, but i’d like to see him move on from westerns and do something else. i’ve always wondered what a Tarantino sci-fi movie would be like. i’d love to see him do a take on ’70s sci-fi like Logan’s Run or something like that

  • charly

    I love his films, but he is being a little too sensitive, just dont give those guys more work and move on…leave the drama for Telemundo soap operas

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  • rv

    Once someone has read it, they’ll rework it, a little bit of nip & tuck, you
    know the sort of thing. Someone did that with ‘Badlands’ – remember?

    • Jay

      Someone does that with every movie.

  • Angel of Death

    Does anyone find it ironic, how life is imitating art here :P…The man behind Reservoir Dogs has to find The Rat among his close circle of friends, and is “certain” it’s not Mr. Orange! CLASSIC!

    • Nick Gadman

      ha! well spotted ;)

    • Thomas K.

      Gold.

    • Super Rad

      This is the most perfect thing I’ve ever read on the internet. Congratulations.

    • ObligatoryName

      I lost my drink reading that. A toast to you good sir, for you have surely won.

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  • Joseph M

    I feel bad for Madsen. As the last thing I saw him in was a British reality show where he had to humiliate himself on a daily basis, A Tarantino gig would get him right back in the game. Then again, it might not have been Madsen…

  • LEM

    Damn! Bruce Dern probably won’t be alive when he finally films it.

  • mattinacan

    i love this guy, i feel for him right now. probably Madsen, he seems like a POS.

  • Person

    Don’t pretty much all of his scripts leak like a year in advance? I remember the script for Django was floating around almost two years before the movie actually came out.

  • whiskey_river1

    Dern has always been a scumbag. It’s gotta be him. Way to shoot your comeback in the foot, Dern!

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I get his reaction. You put your heart and soul into something and give it to your most trusted inner circle and get betrayed really sucks. But hopefully after he has some time to calm down he’ll let go move forward w making the film and not making a novel or whatever he’s going to do w the script.

  • Matty

    That’s got to be extremely frustrating but I don’t think that should deter him from making his movie. I guess he doesn’t want to work with people he can’t trust? But didn’t the Django script leak way before it’s release too? The fans who want to go into his movies fresh will make sure to avoid seeing that stuff. Anyways, whatever he chooses to do next will be great.

  • Matty

    That’s got to be extremely frustrating but I don’t think that should deter him from making his movie. I guess he doesn’t want to work with people he can’t trust? But didn’t the Django script leak way before it’s release too? The fans who want to go into his movies fresh will make sure to avoid seeing that stuff. Anyways, whatever he chooses to do next will be great.

  • danny

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • -

    But didn’t this happen to Django too? I don’t get how this is different.

  • Rick

    He should have gone the creepy Nolan route and only allowed people to read the script in a locked room without any phone/computer/internet while under constant supervision. That seems to be the only way to prevent leaks in this day and age.

  • Gerard Kennelly

    weinstein said he won’t produce any more violent movies
    and now.. the script just happens to leak

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    This. Or he received bad comments on his script.

    • Gerard Kennelly

      script shadow is probably the best place to read it

  • Agent777

    Yeah coke makes you real paranoid.

  • Agent777

    Yeah coke makes you real paranoid.

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