Quentin Tarantino Shelves ‘The Hateful Eight’ After Script Leak

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When it was announced that Quentin Tarantino’s next film – The Hateful Eight – would be a Western, it didn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, he’s a huge fan of the genre, many of his non-Western films have Western influences, and that’s on top of the fact that Django Unchained (his one and only true Western film) was his biggest hit ever.

Alas, for those who were looking forward to Tarantino’s return to the Western genre, we have some unfortunate news for you: after the script for the film was recently leaked, the writer-director announced that he’s shelving the film – perhaps indefinitely.

Quentin Tarantino talked to Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline to discuss his decision to shelve the project. Apparently, he realized that the script had been leaked when agents started calling his agent to pitch their clients for parts from the film. Said Tarantino:

“I’m very, very depressed. 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.”

But who could’ve leaked it? Tarantino has some leads:

“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.”

Now, Tarantino isn’t so much angry about the script being leaked to the public before the film’s release; rather, he’s angry that a person he entrusted with the script passed it on without his approval.

qt Quentin Tarantino Shelves The Hateful Eight After Script Leak

Said Tarantino:

“I am not talking out of both sides of my mouth, because I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the net. Frankly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it. But I gave it to six m*********ing people! Starting this week, I’ll be setting meetings with publishers.”

Meeting with publishers because he plans to publish the script on its own. He went on to say that he could eventually find his way to making the film down the line, but it’s definitely not the film he’s doing next.

So, what is he doing next? According to Tarantino:

“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.”

No real word on what “the other one” is actually about, unfortunately. Presumably, it’s not a Western. (Read Fleming’s full interview with Tarantino here.)

I may be the only one, but I’m kind of okay with this news. Don’t get me wrong, I was a big fan of Django and I’d definitely be interested in him tackling a Western down the line. That said, I’d much prefer to see him take on some completely new material instead. There’s a lot of genres he’s talked about wanting to work in – including horror (Death Proof doesn’t really count) – and it would be nice to see what he could do with them.

There’s also the lingering possibility that Tarantino’s just really angry now and by next week he’ll have cooled off enough to be down with directing The Hateful Eight next winter, as was originally planned. Time will tell.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Is this news disappointing? Drop us a line in the comments.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news about The Hateful Eight (or whatever Quentin Tarantino ends up directing next).

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  1. Hahahaha Im sorry Tarantino fans, but this is funny.

  2. I’m a little bummed. As a fan of westerns, Tarantino, and Django, I was pumped for Hateful Eight. Hopefully he gets over it.

  3. Disappointing news indeed but QT should definitely do a horror flick.

  4. Has he ever heard of a script rewrite and letting the leak buzz go on? It’s film 101, write a fake script, in case of leaks. Find out who leaked it, and fire him. They teach this in film school!

    This is why I stopped watching Tarantino movies.

    • You stopped watching Tarantino films because he doesn’t write fake scripts? You sound like a silly person…

      • Lol! Nicely summarized

      • You’re too kind actually. If I’m not mistaken I believe he thinks he’s better than QT because he knows how to write a fake script.

  5. Wow thats messed up, I never got the benefit of leaking someone’s was script, your sabotaging an artists work for what smh…its POINTLESS

  6. *someone’s script

  7. i was really hoping for an authentic western from him. kill bill 2 was possibly his best movie and django was terrible, though not a true western. i want something classic like the good the bad and the ugly but with tarantino flourishes. someday.

    • Django wasn’t terrible at all. I thought it was a very nicely done film. You’re in the minority my friend. Cult Fiction is his best film IMO.

      • PULP not Cult…some fan….

        • “Pulp” means wood pulp… paper, ie: in print. “Pulp Fiction” refers to short story magazines, hence the movie “Pulp Fiction” using it as a title to describe it’s format. It was an homage to pulp magazines containing short crime thrillers.

          “Cult Fiction” is the appropriate term, but if you want to make it relavant to Tarantino’s body of work and (IMO) his best film then go with “Pulp Fiction”.


          • Whoops. That teaches me to not read a post properly. I thought cam was talking about the style, didn’t notice the typo. Ignore my pointless post above since it has no relevance and was me being a smart-ass. Sorry Gdeezy. :(

    • I hated kill bill vol 2. For a western/ martail arts film. A whole lot of nothing happened. Django unchained was amazing though.

  8. That is a good point about seeing him try something different next, instead of a western which we’ve already seen from him (though I wouldn’t mind more of them!)
    I just hope this doesn’t mean a much longer wait before a new QT movie.

  9. I love that Tim Roth is the most trusted. Lmfao You go Tim!!!

    • Mr.Roth is GREAT!!!!

  10. I would like a movie about a film director hunting down those who leaked his script.

  11. I agree. It certainly sucks but I’d much rather see Tarantino move into a new genre rather than doing another western.

  12. Oppsie poopsie, sorry guys.

  13. Maybe he’ll reconsider doing Kill Bill vol. 3 now?

    • I second that

    • Why would there be another? I can see the title now, Kill Bill Vol 3: Just To Be Sure He’s Really Dead.

      • Vernita Green’s daughter Nikki is all grown up and wanting revenge.

  14. I was expecting for something to happen after Weinstein said he wanted to move away from unnecessary violent movies. I wasn’t expecting this…

  15. This is definitely a disappointing news. But at least I know that Roth and Tarantino are in contact again. I want Tarantino to do a movie on the spy genre and with Tim Roth as lead.

  16. Well, this is frustrating. I was really looking forward to this, especially now that I know there might have been a Reservoir Dogs cast semi-reunion. It would have been awesome to see some of those guys back working with Tarantino again.

  17. What was the purpose of giving out the script to 6 different people? It was a first draft no less….what did he think was going to happen, it would somehow stay locked in 6 different vaults in the internet age?

    And then he cries cause people found out? It would be hard enough to trust one person, much less 6. That is asking for it to be disseminated.

    This is why important jury’s are sequestered…because people are generally not as trustworthy with your stuff as you are. LOL.

    And then I like how he acts like Shia and starts crying he is going take his script and leave public life with it….to funny.

    • He’s not complaining about the internet. He knows that it will end up on the internet eventually (and he says it’s a good thing because people like his script). However when your first draft, a draft you gave to people to read and evaluate and help you make it better, ends up NOT on the internet but rather in the hands of everyone in the L.A. it becomes a problem. Now his agent is buried with all the phone calls from people who want in, casting is slowed down and studio gets the bigger say in this case.

      • Maybe its me, but this is a business. If you give out things then they will get around. If he was so concerned then he should have had them sign a no disclosure contract.

        And maybe its me again but this is business. You should not let other people who have no financial interest in the project have access to it. Unless they were his writing partners with formal contracts or he was paying them for there input then he basically just handed out things to a bunch of people who are free to do what they want.

        Even I could have figured out that if I give something to 6 people I am going to hear about it from a complete stranger in almost exactly 2 hours. LOL.

  18. Tarantino should do a remake of the 70′s christian film A Thief In The Night about what happens after the rapture.

    That would be great in his hands. set it in the 1970′s too.

    • That is one of the most corking ideas I have read in two years spent on this site. Kudos.

  19. Does anyone else find it incredibly funny that the adjacent item in the Screen Rant news list is “Justified: Who Can You Trust?” :D

  20. A first draft? A FIRST DRAFT? Dude, pull up the little girl panties and just get to work.

    Interestingly, tho, my first though was: Hmm, that’s odd. And right after Weinstein said he’s giving up producing violent movies. When I heard that little bit o’ news, my first thought was: What about Tarantino? I wonder if this is some kind of play by QT to get out from under TWC or at least get his scripts out which may be subject to ‘first looks’ first bids’ or something by TWC.

  21. I’m more of a Guy Richie fan, but I don’t dislike Tarantino. Props to him. If you own a niche style, then control your IP.

    Hopefully this sets a good precedent for anyone that deals with him in the future.

  22. He’s such a drama queen.

  23. Silliest news I heard in a while.

  24. haha it sounds like the plot or Reservoir Dogs. Tarantino is Harvey Keitel’s character who’s ABSOLUTELY sure it wasn’t Tim Roth when he was the rat in the movie and screwed everyone over.

    I’m not saying Tim Roth leaked the script!! I just think its funny. Its just like the movie.

    • Shoot!! I forgot some people on here might not have seen Reservoir Dogs yet!


    • That’s funny! Also, I don’t know why people are assuming that Roth didn’t leak it because he’s so trustworthy. Maybe he was just Ina coma for a few weeks, or had really bad wifi!! :)

  25. I personally would love to see him take on the scifi genre. Come on Dude! Lets see you take on yet another untouched territory!

  26. Gutted at this news, although I can see him calming down and rewriting it within the month. I hope he does since the 3 actors he sent the script to would be perfect for a Tarantino western.

  27. The glaring issue of decency here is why did he cast public doubt and guilt on 2 actors when he alleges only one is at fault? Why should both be in the spotlight of blame and poor choices he is shining? This is a harsh penalty for being the “innocent” party, getting effectively accused. Seems like he was mouthing off a bit, (for once. He he.)

  28. Well this is kind of a bummer…
    I’m always anxious to see whatever he has planned but if this happening means that his next movie will be the horror movie he has sometimes mentioned then the greddy fan boy in me is excited. ;)

  29. Hopefully, QT shakes off the butthurtness of it all and decides to go ahead with making this movie. It sounds like he was going to give us a Snow Western, after all.