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Quentin Tarantino Decides To Axe His Next Film Because The Script Leaked To Hollywood

Director Quentin Tarantino is reportedly so upset over his latest script being leaked, he’s just decided not to make the movie at all. Well ok then. 

Tarantino had finally started work on the Western he’s long teased, The Hateful Eight. But according to Deadline, loose lips sink ships. They write:

His script The Hateful Eight leaked after he gave it to a small circle of actors, Quentin Tarantino tells me that he’s so upset that he has decided that he will not direct that film next. So basically that means the conversation that will be circulating around town following this story with Tarantino goes from an ensemble Western to a whodunit. As in, which actor or their reps leaked the script that, as a result, is going on the shelf — literally a bookstore shelf, because Tarantino tells me he will publish it first and maybe revisit the prospect of a movie in the next five years.


Not ever having something similar happen to me I can’t know how I’d react but this seems like a strange move. Why forget the film you’ve already worked so hard on and were obviously excited about? Why not just find out where the leak came from and never work with that person again? The only other instance of this happening which springs to mind is when Twilight author Stephenie Meyer decided to forgo publishing her novel Midnight Sun, a telling of Twilight but from Edward’s perspective, after a partial draft leaked online.

“I did not want my readers to experience Midnight Sun before it was completed, edited and published,” she wrote on her official site years ago. “This has been a very upsetting experience for me, but I hope it will at least leave my fans with a better understanding of copyright and the importance of artistic control. So where does this leave Midnight Sun? My first feeling was that there was no way to continue. Writing isn’t like math; in math, two plus two always equals four no matter what your mood is like. With writing, the way you feel changes everything. If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James would probably win and all the Cullens would die, which wouldn’t dovetail too well with the original story. In any case, I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on Midnight Sun, and so it is on hold indefinitely.”

As far as Tarantino’s feelings on his leak, he said it’s left him “very, very depressed.”

“I gave it to one of the producers on Django UnchainedReggie Hudlin, and he let an agent come to his house and read it,” Tarantino said. “That’s a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didn’t end up with the script. There is an ugly maliciousness to the rest of it. I gave it to three actors: Michael MadsenBruce DernTim 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.”

After all this, Tarantino admitted he could always change his 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.”

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  • Anonymous

    I understand, it’s so hard to have something not be spoiled these days, this didn’t even get to pre-production before someone decided to spread it around. Publish it, give everyone a chance to read it (especially if it’s amazing) They get all excited. Then, if in the future he does return to it A. don’t use the actors in question B. change the big moment so all the people who read it still are surprised.

  • Janna

    I understand how much that would suck and hurt, but…if screenplays negate the movie, why do we even have movies? Tim Roth must be feeling pretty good about himself, though. You passed the friendship test, Tim!

  • Sanjay Merchant

    I am now imagining a Tarantino film about someone literally chasing down a script with an axe.

  • MyScienceCanBeatUpYourGod

    Artists are tempremetnal.

    However mad Quentin’s methods may seem, you can’t argue with the results.

  • Janna

    Like Sin City, but with a script instead of Benicio Del Toro’s head!

  • Anonymous

    He’s going to publish it as a book instead, and…then probably make a movie again later? It sounds like he’s going to make more money this way, which I’m sure in no way figures into his decision.

  • Adrian

    Rage quit.

  • Anonymous

    Quentin Tarantino doesn’t care that his scripts get leaked by someone in production he doesn’t care about. He said he enjoyed reading posters comments when “Django Unchained” was release.

    It does bother him when someone leaks at this early in the process. Firstly, he loves writing characters for specific actors and doesn’t want to deal with agents jockeying for their clients so early in the process. Secondly and most importantly, he views this as a betrayal of trust. His script can change wildly before production and may have to change during production. Extreme discretion is cardinal at this point of the process.

  • Paola

    You know what? I absolutely dont blame him, I think that with scripts especially with first drafts it can put you in a funny place because you’re first working out how everything is gonna play out. Its like showing someone your very personal journal and then they post it online for everyone to see. It puts you in a vulnerable place and breaks the trust you have with that person.

  • Lup Lun

    Frankly, when Smeyer did that, it sounded to me like a good excuse to get out of a book that either wasn’t working, wasn’t working as well as she expected, or that she just plain didn’t want to do. Possibly, that impression has to do with the fact that it’s a POVquel, which are hard to do right and generally wind up rehashing previous plots while trying to fix continuity problems.

    On the other hand, Tarantino has seemingly dropped projects and then picked them up years later before; Inglourious Basetards was in the works for nearly a decade, both because he was polishing the script and trying to find an actor who he felt could play Landa.

    So… I dunno? If it does show up on screen at some point, it’ll probably be a much different film than the script that got leaked.

  • Grimmtooth

    I don’t blame him at all. From the sound of this, one of the people he felt he could trust, let him down. Working on that movie would be a daily reminder of that. It would sour the whole endeavor. And the man loves the work, he really does. Imagine having something you love to do poisoned like that. It would be like getting nothing but socks and underwear on Christmas morning.

    I would also be surprised if Madsen, Roth, or Dern appeared in whatever his next movie is, now. Well, maybe Madsen. The man needs to put food on the table, and it appears he only works in Tarantino films.

  • Anonymous

    There are a lot of cases too where I’ve heart snippets of something and thought “Wow this is really stupid” but ended up enjoying the finished product. So someone leaking his work has to be very annoying.

  • Anonymous

    When I first heard this I thought it was fair enough because I know what Tarantino is like about his films. They’re almost like his children. And then lo and behold he actually described them as his babies.

    At this point I’m just content to leave him to it. Whatever his attitude is it clearly works for him.

  • frankenmouse

    I understand where he’s coming from. It’s not so much the event (i.e., the script being leaked), but the cause for the event that really bothered him. He gave the script to people he thought he could trust and one of them betrayed him for (I would assume) some form of personal gain. That has to be a horrible feeling.

  • Important Film Maker

    I’m sorry, but he comes off as a massive crybaby. It was only the first draft, it would undoubtedly change between now and filming (if he cares for his craft). This is a major overreaction to something that ultimately wouldn’t matter how the finished product would turn out.

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan of westerns – so kinda happy he will be doing something else next.

  • Anonymous

    He should do that movie!

  • Marie

    Tim Roth & Tarantino were going to be together again? They’ve been trying to work together again for years. And someone ruined that?? So angry…flames, flames on the side of my face…

  • Jake Mertz

    Well, as a writer, I know how I would feel I trusted if someone passed around an early version of one of my stories that wasn’t ready for consumption by the general public. I’d cut them off, and that betrayal would put me in a very bad mood.