Quentin Tarantino's has put his planned western film "The Hateful Eight" on indefinite hold following a script leak.
An upset Tarantino tells Deadline that he's "very, very depressed" about the leak and will move forward instead with another screenplay. The script for "The Hateful Eight" will, for now, be published instead and he may revisit it a few years down the track:
"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 today.
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 ten more where that came from.
The idea was, I was going to write two scripts. I wasn't going to shoot the Western until next winter and I have been full of piss and vinegar about the other one. So now I'll do that one."
Actors Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth were amongst the few who were sent copies of "The Hateful Eight". According to Tarantino, he believes one of Dern or Madsen's agency reps read it and passed it around.
Tarantino's scripts are always in high demand and are often easily accessible before a film's release. The fact that this one got out so early in the process is what has left Tarantino feeling "betrayed" as he says. As a result, he won't divulge any details about the 'other project' he mentions.