Quentin Tarantino was apparently working on a script for a movie to be called The Hateful Eight, but after it leaked yesterday, he decided to cancel it altogether. This is why we can’t have nice things, you guys.
Apparently he had intended the movie to be an ensemble western, a sequel to 2012′s Django Unchained, which earned five Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture, and made everyone involved quite a bit of money as well, as long as we’re talking about it. The follow-up — the name is a play on a class western titled The Magnificent Seven – was an early draft, and Quentin had distributed it to six people close to him, including actors Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen, all of whom he planned to offer roles. He also gave it to a producer, Reggie Ludlin, whom he admits allowed an agent to come to his house and read it, although that person did not leave with a copy. Said Tarantino:
“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.”
Quentin says he found out the script was out there when his agent, Mike Simpson, started getting phone calls from other Hollywood agents trying to pitch their own clients for roles.
As far as who leaked it, he told Deadline that he’s somehow positive that it didn’t come from Tim Roth, and suspects Bruce Dern’s CAA rep.
“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.”
He feels that if he can be betrayed so hard this early in the process, that he’s lost all inclination to make the movie at all, and will likely just publish it. Which totally sucks for Bruce Dern, who was about to have a serious career rejuvenation, between this and Nebraska. But I apparently we shouldn’t write it off completely.
“I could totally change my mind; I own the fucking 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.”
Just don’t tell anyone we had this conversation or I’ll have to cancel it.