January 22, 2014
Quentin Tarantino Cancels THE HATEFUL EIGHT Production Over Script Leak
Sad news for Tarantino fans, as the director has announced to Deadline that his production of The Hateful Eight has been put on hold. Quentin had hand delivered scripts to three potential actors, who shared it with their agents. Two of the three agents are under suspicion of leaking the script to other agents/actors. This has made Quentin so furious, that he's shutdown production on the project all together, and is aiming to publish the script as a novel instead.
The three actors in question were Tim Roth, Bruce Dern and Michael Madsen, one of the latter two are believed to involved in the leak. Tarantino hadn't even showed the western screenplay to either Christoph Waltz or Samuel L. Jackson, who were also expected to have lead roles in the film. It sounds like he was slighted by people he considered friends and is turned off to the project over the leak. The film's production wasn't even expected to begin until next winter, which puts doubt when his next film could happen.
Tarantino doesn't rule out coming back to make The Hateful Eight down the road, but is looking to another project which he'll make first. Giving the impression it could be five to six years before we see Eight back in production. It's hard not to consider how awesome a straight-up western would have been, but Quentin has lots of projects in the works at the moment. One of these rumored projects is a 30's era gangster flick, which I'm currently rooting for to be next.