A pissed off Tarantino personally called Deadline up to break that news that his upcoming western "The Hateful Eight" will be put on hiatus. The decision to pull the plug on the highly anticipated project comes as a result of an apparent script leak. The famed director says he handed over the first draft of his script to just six people, but knew something was wrong when his longtime agent Mike Simpson began getting calls from other agents pitching clients for roles in the film.
In the interview with Dealine, Tarentino says he gave the script to just three actors- Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Tim Roth. He says "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."
Internet sleuths, along with Tarentino himself, suspect the leak came from CAA (Creative Artists Agency), the agency that reps Dern, which is also the rival agency of Quentin's WME (William Morris Endeavor). Though it will be difficult to prove the source of the leak, seeing as Tarentino more than likely dispersed of the script himself, without a preventive watermark with each person's name on it.
Tarentino maintains that he 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." But for now, the next landing stop for the script may end up being on a book shelf. The disgruntled director says he plans to publish "The Hateful Eight," and will "maybe" revisit the prospect of a movie sometime in the next five years.
Tarentino has been on fire of late, earning Oscar nominations for each of his last two films- "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained."
The now abandoned film title "The Hateful Eight" was meant to be a riff on the 1960 western "The Magnificent Seven."