Quentin Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight, has been put on an indefinite hold due to a script leak. The film was announced in November last year and its title, a play on The Magnificent Seven, was reported last week to many a fan’s excitement.
Tarantino told Jay Leno in an interview last week, that after Django Unchained, he now knows how to make a Western, a genre he is a huge fan of, and the then untitled, Hateful Eight, would be that passion project. This comes to no surprise that he would stick to the genre as Django Unchained made over $400 million in worldwide box office gross. With The Hateful Eight on hold, it is up in the air what his next project will be.
Quentin Tarantino expressed his disappointment to Deadline stating that his intention was to shoot it next winter, and he had already gave The Hateful Eight script to six people, including three actors in Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Tim Roth. Tarantino went on to say that it was definitely not Tim Roth, however, one of the other two showed it to their agent, who then showed it to people in Hollywood.
“I don’t know how these f—king agents work, but I’m not making this next. I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now,” Quentin Tarantino told Deadline. “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’ve got 10 more where that came from.”
Now that Tarantino’s next film is on indefinite hold, he said that he has a second script which he will now avert his attention towards, however, no word on what it is. In fact, this next film will probably remain a secret, as Tarantino is angry not so much about the Hateful Eight being leaked, but that an individual he put his trust in showed it to someone else without his approval.
“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 s–t, 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.”
By meeting with publishers, Quentin Tarantino could mean having a script published by itself without a film, or he could be thinking of doing something similar to what he did with Django Unchained which was publish it as a graphic novel.
Django Unchained was turned into a 5-issue miniseries based on its screenplay, which debuted in November 2012. Tarantino described the Django script, in a Jay Leno interview last week, as more of a book than a traditional blueprint, which was trimmed down for the film and published in full as a DC graphic novel.
Publishing a graphic mini-series could be the case for The Hateful Eight, only this time there will be no film…for now. After Tarantino’s anger subsides, don’t be surprised if the writer director returns to his passion Western project, but for now the film is on indefinite hold, a tragedy to all the Tarantino fans.
By Kollin Lore