It’s a case of Hollywood whodunit and the suspect pool is limited to just six.
Fair warning: The following article contains direct quotes from Quentin Tarantino, and as such there is some very colourful language used. Reader discretion is advised.
Oscar award-winning director, Quentin Tarantino is so angered and upset that someone within his ranks has leaked the script for The Hateful Eight that he has decided to pull the plug on the movie project and turn the script into a novel.
Speaking with Deadline, Tarantino said that he was “very, very depressed” that someone he trusted had betrayed him in such a way. And just how did Tarantino learn of the leak? His agent Mike Simpson started getting phone calls from other agents trying to pitch their clients for the Western.
So who are the six possible culprits? Well, Tarantino says he gave the script to Django Unchained producer, Reggie Hudlin, who in turn allowed an agent to come over to his house and read it. However, as much of a betrayal as that is in itself, the agent in question didn’t leave with a copy.
Three of the six that were given copies were 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,” Tarantino said.
Clearly frustrated, he continued, “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 10 more where that came from.”
Determined to discover the perpetrator, Tarantino went on to say that he believes the leak came from those within Bruce Dern’s camp, a fact that Dern’s reps at CAA vehemently deny, but have suggested that the fault could lie with Tarantino himself for not watermarking the scripts pages. “Tarantino possibly dispersed the script himself, without a watermark that usually prevents someone from secretly dispersing the screenplay.”
Tarantino admits that it’s not so much the fact that the script was leaked per se, but more the feeling of betrayal. “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,” Tarantino said. “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.”
When asked about the possibility of him changing his mind about scrapping the project, Tarantino replied, “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.”
Well, that’s that. Keep an eye out for The Hateful Eight on bookshelves at some point in the future and definitely not a cinema near you.