You hear of movies leaking before they've hit cinemas all the time. But it's far more rare for a freshly printed script to fall into the wrong hands. But that's what's happened to Quentin Tarantino's new western The Hateful Eight. He's pissed -- so much so that the film has now been shelved.
What's perhaps most interesting though (and why the Pulp Fiction director is particularly angry) is that Tarantino has been able to whittle down the list of suspects to just six people. Six people he thought he could trust.
“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 told Deadline.
“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."
But, in typically bolshy Tarantino style, that won't be the last you see of The Hateful Eight, nor will it stop the Oscar-winning scriptwriter from putting pen to paper immediately again:
"I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”
If he is stuck for an idea, I've just had a great one for a "Whodunnit?" movie: An Oscar-winning director is finishing up a script for a new western movie when one of the six people he gives it to in confidence goes and...wait a minute... [Deadline]
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