Quentin Tarantino ditches ‘The Hateful Eight’ due to script leak

Director says he has 'no desire' to make film following leak

Quentin Tarantino has reportedly shelved work on his Western film The Hateful Eight after its script was leaked.

According to Deadline, the filmmaker was livid after he gave the script to six people only for his agent, Mike Simpson, to begin fielding phone calls from agents trying to land their clients roles in the film. Describing the leak as a “betrayal”, he said: “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.”

The director, who revealed he had given the script to actors Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen and Django Unchained producer Reggie Hudlin, added: “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 give it out to six people and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it,” he lamented. “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 had originally revealed his plans to shoot a Western film as his next project in November last year. His last film, Django Unchained, was a critical and commercial hit upon its 2012 release and subsequently won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, with Christoph Waltz pick up the Best Supporting Actor gong.