Thanks to some disrespect asshole, we won’t get to see Quentin Tarantino’s recently-touted western “The Hateful Eight”.
Anyone that knows QT knows he’s got a bit of a temper, and is about as stubborn as a limp Johnson in winter (there’s one story I love, where someone accidentally referred to Tarantino’s home-theater as just that ‘a home theater’, which Tarantino took offense to because, to him, it was a ‘cinema’ – one as good as you’ll find in a multiplex), but in this case, I don’t blame his gasket for blowing.
Tarantino sent the script for his new film out to five actors – and with ostensibly strict rules not to share it around. All of them kept the script wedged under their smelly pit.. but one, whose agent read it and then forwarded it around. And now, because the script is doing the rounds, Tarantino doesn’t want to make the movie. As far as he’s concerned, the clown ruined the surprise for a great many people.
The “Inglourious Basterds” helmer tells Deadline that he sent the script to five actors – many of whom he has long-standing professional relationships with, like “Reservoir Dogs” star Michael Madsen and “Pulp Fiction” alum Tim Roth.
“I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino said. “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 gave it to one of the producers on Django Unchained, Reggie 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 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 10 more where that came from.”
Tarantino, who takes longer than a stork does to bring a baby to make a movie, says he discovered that the script had been leaked when he started getting calls from agents pitching their clients for roles in the film.
The filmmaker seems to think Bruce Dern’s camp at CAA leaked the script, but they tell Deadline they didn’t. Doesn’t much matter – nobody’s going to own up to the leak, and nothing’s going to change matters.
Still, Tarantino doesn’t blame Dern, who is on the comeback wicket after a rousing turn in “Nebraska” – in fact, he says he’ll write the actor another role in his next film.
There’s no changing Tarantino’s mind – he won’t be making “Hateful Eight” at this stage.
“I could totally change my 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.”
We won’t have to wait long to hear what the “Pulp Fiction” director is going to do instead, because he’s apparently been tinkering with that story simultaneously.
“The idea was, I was going to write two scripts,” he said. “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.”
Deadline had reported that Christoph Waltz was an actor Tarantino was seeking for the western, but that wasn’t accurate. “I hadn’t given it to Christoph, I haven’t given it to Sam Jackson,” he said. “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.”
Sounds like a job for… Django!