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Quentin Tarantino Sticks The Hateful Eight Back On The Shelf
After the script leaks...

22 January 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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If your enthusiasm for a new Quentin Tarantino project was sent into overdrive when news leaked out last week that the Django Unchained writer-director was at work on a fresh Western script called The Hateful Eight, you’ll need to throttle back a little. How so? Tarantino is planning to shelve the project after the embryonic draft ended up spread across Hollywood.

“I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino tells Deadline. “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.” While it does seem a little bit toys-out-of-the-pram to ditch the film entirely, you can completely see QT’s side, in that he wasn’t ready for the script to be generally available.

So what does he think happened? Sounds like he’ll want to get The Wolf onto the case. “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 says. “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 and 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*****g 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.”

While he admits he knows people are always trying to ferret out what he’s working on – and that he’s pleased there is interest – he’s still unhappy that such a small group leaked out the script, which he admittedly handed out without watermarking it first. His next step, however, is apparently to contact publishers to discuss getting the script out in book form.

Those nursing disappointment can take heart in the fact that he can always go back to the idea. “I could totally change my mind, I own the f*****g 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. I was thinking about the idea of maybe publishing it before I made it, but now that deal happens for sure, and I’m not doing it next.”

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RE: hush hush on the QT
What I don't understand is that when you let a script to an actor or agent, there are confidentiality clauses. I don't think it's that easy. I mean, if you're a nobody, yeah it can be like that, but if you're Tarantino and you're working for one of the biggest majors in Hollywood and your movies make hundred on millions, there should be any kind of legal terms to prevent this. Am I right? More

Posted by TTTcreo at 20:41 on 23 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: hush hush on the QT
Totally understand why he does it but at the same time I'm so bummed we'll have to wait even longer for another highlight in cinema history. More

Posted by Chronicle at 11:19 on 23 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: hush hush on the QT
Well f*ckin said sir! You have to instantly applaud anyone that is trying to release an original film these days and there's no denying that Tarantino's films are always bringing us something we've not seen before. And someone was moaning above that he's going through all the different what's your point?? I think it's great that there's a film maker out there that adores making films so much and is such a geek that he has the talent to make a kung-fu, western, gangster, war, etc... More

Posted by Bobby TwoTimes at 11:06 on 23 January 2014 | Report This Post

hush hush on the QT
typical. you get a great movie director who writes a NEW SCRIPT and does not settle for making another reboot like so many others or adapting a book and yet this gets nicked and leaked so he cannot go ahead. People who cannot appreciate the time it takes to create something new (ok, all genres have been written about before but at least it'll be a new story) are missing the point. Movies NEED more than endless rehashes of comic books, established books and wretched reboots. I know there are a More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 07:54 on 23 January 2014 | Report This Post

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Posted by Lumen1942 at 21:37 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Quentin Tarantino Sticks The Hateful Eight Back On The Shelf
By far and away I think the most detestable thing about this story is the view that Tarantino is having a tantrum or a strop. I tried to formulate reasons why I think he's being completely appropriate in his response and I can't. I can't because how do you explain to someone that they're basically fucking soulless? I think every opinion asking for him to grow up and get on with it cheapens the whole "mystery of artistic creation" (man) to the endeavours of a brick layer. Whatever you think More

Posted by demoncleaner at 19:21 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

In the full interview he said he actually likes that the script is leaked eventually, he likes that people read it, like it or just take an interest in what he does. He acknowledges the fact that most scripts do leak eventually and he's cool with that, BUT it's the fact that he'd barely finished the thing before it was online. Considering he only shared it with a few actors and producers he thought he could trust (and it wasn't likely their fault, but someone's agent's), it's not that strange th More

Posted by JonatanKjellman at 15:18 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

L: tolkienerd I blame Martin Bashir... h? More

Posted by MonsterCat at 14:26 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: On the up side....
I thought this comment on the Deadline article made some decent points: and this is an intellectual property that is literally worth millions of dollars that he owns. If he wanted to control the distribution of it, that is every much his right. Again — let me repeat — this is a property with a value in the millions. I know lots of people like to say “Oh but the script isn’t the movie and it’s just a blueprint so who cares?” At this stage, the script is tantamount to a business pl More

Posted by UTB at 13:41 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

On the up side....
Maybe this means his next project will round out his 'revisionist history' trilogy. I know I can't speak for what the great man will do next, but since he writes strong, three-dimensional female characters, it'd be great if he tried to do a film based on the Suffragettes. Think about it- Inglourious Basterds deals with the persecution of the Jewish people during World War Two. Django Unchained deals with the persecution of African-Americans during the Slavery era. The last and most recognised g More

Posted by Doctor Batman at 13:34 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

I have to say...
If someone leaked a script of mine out I would hunt them and beat them over the head with a blunt rock until they were no more... More

Posted by Alex M... at 13:22 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

'The one I know didn’t do this is Tim Roth'
Are you sure? Have you SEEN Reservoir Dogs? More

Posted by Simon124 at 13:22 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

I don't get why anyone wants to read a script for a movie in advance thereby ruining the experience of actually watching it. More

Posted by digvoldon at 11:59 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

Over the top
I have no problem with expressing vocally his annoyance. Throwing a perfectly viable project out just because a minority of people will now read the leaked script is the hissy fit part. It's completely over the top. If he truly has to react in some tangible way he can refuse to work with the agent who leaked it again. As I said none of this I say out of disappointment that the film won't be made. I had no opinion either way and would have judged it on release. More

Posted by Jaybee79 at 11:44 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

Don't blame him
Why is it whenever someone loses their temper about something these days it's classed a 'hissy fit' or 'drama queen' or 'childish'? He's clearly pissed off because he put his trust in someone and they let him down. It's a perfectly normal reaction to think 'F*ck them!' when someone stabs you in the back about something that's very precious to you and that you've spent months working on. More

Posted by Bobby TwoTimes at 11:38 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

Django's script was leaked before the release of the film, not a year before shooting it. With a name like Tarantino, a leaked script will go quite far online and when shooting starts, people will type in "hateful eight" in google and find dozens of early draft reviews and opinions on his work. I understand him completely - it takes a lot of pleasure out of making that fim for an otherwise oblivious audience. More

Posted by zenotrapp at 10:49 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

Actually I'm not disappointed. I watch Tarantino films with interest and like some and dislike others but I don't eagerly await the next one so it's not a major disappointment in that regard. And if someone leaked it but I still wouldn't act so childishly and have a hissy fit. I mean honestly how many people will go and read the leaked copy? Compared to how many who would go and see it, it will be a tiny majority just like most movie goers avoid spoilers on forums for any film. You can express d More

Posted by Jaybee79 at 10:48 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

L: tolkienerd Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the script for Django Unchained get leaked well before the film came out as well? It was certainly in the public domain and that didn't seem to trouble him. It sounds to me like he's having his own doubts over the project. I blame Martin Bashir... f he had doubts over his work he just wouldn't make it. More

Posted by Whistler at 10:47 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

How would you lot feel if you wrote a brand new script, handed it to a couple of your close friends to read, and then all of a sudden it was leaked everywhere so all the surprise was gone? Sure it's disappointing that he's abandoned it completely, but maybe he's just getting fed up of all of his work being leaked before people see the bloody film. More

Posted by Whistler at 10:45 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

Quentin: please make an Alien movie!
Quentin has no fear of the censors - he could give Ripley the finale she deserves. More

Posted by The Watcher at 10:43 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

Or he could just suck it up and grow some instead of acting like such a big drama queen. Yes it's not a nice thing to happen but throwing all your teddies out of the pram is hugely childish More

Posted by Jaybee79 at 10:43 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the script for Django Unchained get leaked well before the film came out as well? It was certainly in the public domain and that didn't seem to trouble him. It sounds to me like he's having his own doubts over the project. I blame Martin Bashir... More

Posted by tolkienerd at 10:40 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

Why should he care that much? I'm a Tarantino fan, but Jesus, does he blow his own trumpet. He wrote the thing; he's obviously happy with it. If he gets a cast he wants, then why not get on with it? So what if eager film fans will get to know it's plot? His fan base will be the first in line either way. Pure publicity stunt. More

Posted by LSJShez at 10:08 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

not a problem QT
use this opportunity to add a sci-fi to your cannon...or a comic book/superhero a talky, gory, NC-17 Deadpool, complete with Samurai Swords. More

Posted by Samurai7 at 05:33 on 22 January 2014 | Report This Post

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