Tarantino shelves Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino has said he is depressed and angry at having to abandon his new Western movie after the script was leaked.
The Oscar-winning director told Deadline he suspected a Hollywood agent of leaking details of The Hateful Eight, and has now decided to shelve the project.
Tarantino said he was "very, very depressed" about the experience. He revealed he had only given the first draft of the script to six people, including the agents of Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth.
He realised the script had leaked when other actors' agents began ringing him to pitch their clients for roles in the movie.
The director revealed: "I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn't mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it's gotten out. 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. That's a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didn't end up with the script."
He went on: "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 f***ing 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."
The title of the film had only recently been revealed as The Hateful Eight and Tarantino had previously said it would be a Western as he had got a taste for the genre with the award-winning Django Unchained.
Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz, who both worked on Django, had been linked to the project.
Tarantino said: "I hadn't given it to Christoph, I haven't given it to Sam Jackson. I gave it to three m*********ing actors. We met in a place, and I put it in their hands. It's got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names."
Michael Madsen has also previously worked with Tarantino on projects including Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill.
Tarantino said he hoped shelving the project would discourage future leaks, but admitted it was flattering that people are so keen to read his scripts.
The script for Django Unchained also leaked, in May 2011.