The story itself seems to have all the bizarre twists and turns of an actual Quentin Tarantino film, although this is all playing out in real life. For the better part of 2013 and with confirmation moving into 2014, we’ve been aware that Quentin Tarantino was readying a film project called The Hateful Eight – a return to the Western genre whose title would suggest it was his homage to The Magnificent Seven and Seven Samurai.
Noted for giving out advanced copies/first drafts to only the actors he is interested in for roles, his latest crop of thespians included Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern. But here’s where things get real interesting: Tarantino no longer plans on making The Hateful Eight his next project due to a script leak. According to Deadline, Tarantino is quoted as saying, “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. 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.” Furthermore he added, “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.”
You know what you call a leaked script in Hollywood? A Monday.
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