Earlier this month, we reported that Quentin Tarantino has finished the script for his upcoming western film, which is reportedly titled The Hateful Eight. Sadly, Tarantino has fallen victim to slippery fingers and it looks like Hateful Eight isn’t happening any time soon.
The director told Mike Fleming of Deadline that after giving the script to six people including producer Reggie Hudlin, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen (the role that was mistakenly identified for Christoph Waltz) and he thinks one let their agent or manager read it.
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. 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 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 ten more where that came from.
I hadn’t given it to Christoph, I haven’t given it to Sam Jackson. I gave it to three motherfucking actors. We met in a place and I put it in their hands. Reggie Hudlin’s agent never had a copy. It’s got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names.
That bites, but on the bright side, Tarantino was working on another project simultaneously with The Hateful Eight that he will now make his next film. Now he plans to release the script as a book and then possibly revisiting it as a film in the next five years.
The Wrap may have a lead on his next film, saying:
Tarantino has been considering a prison movie of sorts and has immersed himself in the details of the Robert Blake case, though a representative for Blake told TheWrap several weeks ago that Tarantino has not reached out to the former “Baretta” star, who was acquitted of killing his wife.
He will reportedly write a part for Dern in that movie as well. Stay tuned.