The 'Django Unchained' director believes the source of the leak is someone from his inner circle because he gave the script to six people only including Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Tim Roth.
Quentin Tarantino is fuming after finding out that the early draft of script for his next project "The Hateful Eight" leaked. The director suspects it was an inner circle betrayal since he only gave the script to six people. He now considers dropping the movie and publishing the story in a book version instead.
"I'm very, very depressed," he told Deadline. "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." Those six persons include producer Reggie Hudlin and actors Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, as well as Tim Roth.
"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," the Oscar-winning helmer explained. "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," he went on. "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**king 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."
"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," he added. "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 mother**king people! Starting this week, I'll be setting meetings with publishers."
Still, there's a chance to see the story adapted into big screen since the director says he might revisit it a few years after the book is released. "I could totally change my mind; I own the f**king thing. But I can tell you, it's not going to be the next thing I do," he said.
"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."
"The idea was, I was going to write two scripts," he revealed his plan for the next project. "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."
When the title of the movie was unveiled earlier this month, Christoph Waltz was mentioned as one of the contenders to play the lead roles. But Tarantino said, "I hadn't given it to Christoph, I haven't given it to Sam Jackson. I gave it to three mother**king 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."
Despite the unlucky events that prompted him to put his passion project to sleep, Tarantino said that he still would love to work with Dern and likely write the "Nebraska" actor a big role in the film he'll do next. The director, however, kept mum on the details of his potential next film.