Just as fans were beginning to get excited about the new Quentin Tarantino film, a western entitled The Hateful Eight, it appears that someone he trusted allowed and early draft of the script to leak and he has cancelled the film as a result.
“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,” Tarantino said.
The initial report of the cancellation came via Deadline Tuesday evening. Tarantino went on to say that he is confident either Dern or Madsen’s agent leaked the script and encouraged people to “name name’s,” as he put it. The director also confirmed reports that he had been planning to publish the script, but will now be doing it for sure as a result of the leak.
This could bode badly for either Madsen or Dern and their representation. Dern of course was recnetly nominated for Best Actor at the upcoming Academy Awards for his work in the film Nebraska, and it appears that he was being eyed for a role in this film as well.
Fans that were hopeful to see the director tackle another western after the success of Django Unchained can remain hopeful, but wont see The Hateful Eight anytime soon, at least according to Tarantino’s initial reaction to the leak.
“I could totally change my mind…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.”