Quentin Tarantino Shelves ‘The Hateful Eight’ After Betrayal Results In Script Leak

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EXCLUSIVE: Learning today that his script The Hateful Eight leaked after he gave it to a small circle of actors, Quentin Tarantino tells me that he’s so upset that he has decided that he will not direct that film next. So basically that means the conversation that will be circulating around town following this story with Tarantino goes from an ensemble Western to a whodunit. As in, which actor or their reps leaked the script that, as a result, is going on the shelf — literally a bookstore shelf, because Tarantino tells me he will publish it first and maybe revisit the prospect of a movie in the next five years.

“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.” He learned that when his longtime agent Mike Simpson began getting phone calls from agents looking to pitch their clients for roles in the ensemble Western.

timrothSo who could have done this? “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.”

brucedernTarantino told me he suspects the dispersal came from CAA, which reps Dern. I spoke to someone inside CAA I trust, and they vehemently denied they could have been the source. They noted that a problem is that Tarantino possibly dispersed the script himself, without a watermark that usually prevents someone from secretly dispersing the screenplay. Because of that, this is an unsolvable breach. It would be difficult to prove anyway, because if an agent asked an assistant to copy a script, and that assistant shared it with peers at other agencies, and it suddenly found its way to a blogger, the agent would not even know they’d unwittingly put the screenplay into circulation.

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This is an odd story. Usually when a guy like me gets the call from a major director like Tarantino and walks away with a seismic story like this, it’s a good day. I must admit, I spent most of the phone call trying to talk Tarantino out of dumping the project. I want to see the movie, and I truly want to see the 77-year-old Dern get another chance to shine in a killer lead role after his brilliant turn in Nebraska. Tarantino said that he loves Dern, and likely will write him a big role in the film he’ll do instead. He would not divulge any details, even the genre of this other project. Given what happened here, who can blame Tarantino?

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madsThe filmmaker acknowledges that this is mostly about feeling betrayed, because he does not have an aversion to the inevitable blogger evaluation of his screenplays. He just cannot believe it’s going to happen this early in the process, when he has just begun talking to Harvey Weinstein about how they’re going to make it.

“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,” Tarantino said. “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 motherfucking people! Starting this week, I’ll be setting meetings with publishers.”

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After more of my attempt to persuade him to let things die down — he made a mission movie in Inglourious Basterds and a Western-style film in Django Unchained, so who wouldn’t want to see him tackle a true ensemble Western? — Tarantino allowed that: “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.”

The other script was one he had on his mind lately, so it might not take that long. “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.”

He hopes that this might cause reps and actors to be more discreet. When I broke news of the script’s title, I said I’d heard that the actors it went to included Dern, and Christoph Waltz. I was wrong about the latter. Instead it was Madsen, star of Reservoir Dogs and the Kill Bill films, and Pulp Fiction star Roth.

“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.”

Comments (448)

  • Wow

    Comment by Judson — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 5:50pm PST  
    • Reggie, Bruce and Tim are all with CAA. Simpson and his office would never blow it. Agreed, Tim would never. Reggie, blew it with the so called “house read”. Bruce is on the awards circuit so he may have slipped it to his agent. Madsen I believe has no agent, only his management company. 3 good suspects. Hell QT make this movie instead.

      Comment by Ed — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:14pm PST  
      • Well it wasn’t Madsen, he needs the role too much and isn’t the type to fuck up or trust a dipshit agent with this kind of opportunity. It was likely Dern, but because he is too busy to take care of his house. The agent knows and he will get outed before long.

        I’m just pissed it’s not getting made. Nobody reads scripts, not even actors. It won’t make any difference at opening night.

        Comment by Plumbobber — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 10:16pm PST  
        • That’s spot on. I go out of my way to not have movies spoiled. I don’t even like to watch trailers.

          Comment by John — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:37am PST  
          • Yes, and Yes! QT has his undies in a bundle over feeling of personal betrayal…broken trust is most personal and hardest to get over. Sounds like he’s acting on pure emotion and that usually means a period of calming down and more rational thought…

            Comment by SunnyJS — Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 8:05am PST  
        • Why couldn’t it be Madsen? He made need the works but he’s also still pissed that Tarantino gave what he thought for YEARS was going to be his role in Inglourious Basterds (Aldo Raine) to Brad Pitt. And he ain’t the swiftest current in the river either.

          Comment by Huh? — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 12:55pm PST  
          • If Madsen doesn’t have an agent, who would he have leaked it to though?

            Comment by Whodunnit — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 4:25pm PST  
      • The assistants at CAA are a bunch of entitled, spoiled brats. They live to one-up each other with gossip, scripts, etc. I know because I was one once. There is a special place in hell for all of us.

        Comment by Punchy-n-Stabby — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 1:20pm PST  
        • Thanks for being honest about what you were with/at CAA …I hope you have changed. Cheers. Drabo. B-}

          Comment by Drabo — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:14pm PST  
    • Quoting that line from John Carpenter’s THE THING:
      “Trust… it’s kind of hard to come by these days.”
      I think the only thing that would quell Tarentino & get him started back on the project is for The Agent From CAA to set himself on fire in front of Tarention’s house.

      Comment by Paul Barzman — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 10:18pm PST  
      • I’m shocked, shocked, shocked to find you can’t trust an agent.

        Comment by writerIam — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 7:33am PST  
      • Sounds like Tarantino has the makings of a new script, “Crazed, egotistical writer/director seeks revenge on the careless/selfish actors/agents that leaked his precious script.” How about, “Alan Smithee Unchained.”

        Comment by aardvark — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 8:21am PST  
        • LOL, I like this Film Idea …We Should Co-Write a Script. Cheers, Drabo. B-}

          Comment by Drabo — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:17pm PST  
      • MacReady did not say “Trust, it’s a hard thing to come by these days.”

        He said, “I know what you mean, Blair. Trust is a tough thing to come by these days. Tell you what, why don’t you just trust in the lord?”

        Comment by WolfySnackrib — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 5:43pm PST  
    • For what it’s worth, the Inglorious Basterds script was on the internet long before the movie came out.

      Comment by jer — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 11:26pm PST  
      • As was the Django one. I think though literally a week later, with less than ten people with copies was what made QT crack.

        Comment by MCS1991 — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 2:10am PST  
        • i read Django after i saw SKYFALL in the cinema at the 5.30 screening
          good times :)

          Comment by GERARD KENNELLY — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 7:10am PST  
      • For what its worth, that was a remake.

        Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 2:24am PST  
        • To be fair, the original Inglorious Basterds bears little resemblance to what came, so even if it had been in circulation since the advent of the Internet, it wouldn’t have mattered much.

          I think what is happening is that there’s no way of surprising an audience any more. Never mind the squabbling about spoilers when someone writes about the movie they saw. That always happens, and the reader is as much to blame as the tattler. But the extreme steps once taken to conceal a movie production aren’t enough anymore. The level of detail, even in minimal spy reports, is bald-faced accurate much of the time.

          So imagine yourself a writer, with no small amount of a following and perhaps a sizable ego, trying to handpick your primary cast without the Hollywood dog-and-pony-show, only to find your best steps were still useless. Even if you are a longtime pro and know how the stnk blows off the ocean, it’s still a shock when that whiff hits you.

          Comment by Dw Dunphy — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 4:30am PST  
    • What gets me is outside of Hollywood, no one cares. The tiniest and my mean finest number of people literally outside of hollywood would bother tracking down a script to read it. It is not the movie, it;s just a script. Not until the ad campaigns start rolling will the masses get interested and head to the cinema. I love QT but this is childish. These are not NSA leaked documents, it’s a script nothing has been undermined here but ego.

      Comment by GIBBS — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 12:06am PST  
      • Agreed!
        I understand why Tarantino is pissed off–I would be, too–but you’re absolutely correct. Not only that, but even if people do go out of their way to track down the script and read it, reading a script and seeing a movie are witnessing two very different mediums. (Hell, more people might actually turn up to see the film if they read the script; it tends to work that way with books.)

        I think this might be a bit of a exaggerated reaction on Tarantino’s part because he knows it will generate publicity.

        Comment by M! — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 3:35am PST  
      • Actually that might have been the case in the past, but it certainly isn’t the case now. The general public seems more interested in the non-film aspects of movies now more than ever. I mean since when has “box-office” ever been such a determining factor for why you go to see a movie, but if a film does well opening week, you can be sure everybody will soon be in line to see it.

        For a director with a huge fan base like Tarantino, a script leak is a major thing, especially if you want to have any kind of surprises. And you do have to consider the trust thing. Having your trust in someone betrayed is always a kick in the balls, there’s nothing childish about that.

        Comment by James — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 6:18am PST  
        • I totally agree. This is a really BIG deal; especially when you trusted six people to keep their mouth shut. I love everything that QT has done and I don’t like spoilers. If he does put it in book form, I will read it; then see the movie.

          Comment by D. A. Isley — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 12:51pm PST  
      • Actually, you’re dead wrong. Plenty of people care. What if someone put your work out there before it was ready? I doubt you’d have the same attitude then…

        Comment by Tish — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 8:19am PST  
      • This man thinks way too highly of himself.

        Comment by Barb — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:11am PST  
        • I’m of the opinion that he has earned the right to think highly of his work.

          Comment by Dan — Monday January 27, 2014 @ 2:07pm PST  
      • I think it just has more to do with his process. His previous films have had the scripts leak online and he says that he’s been fine with that. The problem is that with it leaking so early in the process, it may have a negative effect on the film itself. He seems to enjoy working within a bubble where only people directly involved with the project know what’s going on within it. Until the project begins to actually take shape or begin to materialize though, it makes sense that he wouldn’t want outside factors getting involved.

        Comment by marc — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 11:53am PST  
    • WOW? as in What Offal Waste

      Comment by Apeon — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 8:09am PST  
    • Tsk Tsk! Can’t trust anyone these days!

      Comment by Dave Lucas — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 9:02am PST  
    • i did it

      Comment by earl dumarest — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 9:08am PST  
    • Poor guy. Spent all that time ripping off other movies to cobble them together into a script-like string of references to the works of other, better directors and somebody goes and leaks it. What a tragedy. All the Taranteenyboppers on this board will probably be posting through tears about their crush’s betrayal by the bad people who don’t appreciate how totally awesome he is and how kick butt his movies are. And how he’s so much better than Hitchcock and Scorsese and Welles and Kurosawa and Leone and those other guys who don’t know how to write lame wisecracks and tedious monologues in their dialogue to make their characters sound awesomely kick butt and cool. Poor QT. Poor us. Poor plagiarism and unoriginality. But like he said, he’s got 10 more where that came from. More than that if he has a Netflix subscription.

      Comment by Fanboys Ruin Everything — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 11:35am PST  
      • I love you.

        Comment by boocat — Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 3:27am PST  
      • kick butt, haha.

        Comment by D — Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 9:52am PST  
      • This is a funny and sharply written criticism, and QT gets on my nerves, but I think the indictments on him for cobbling films together would only be valid if the films didn’t work in and of themselves. I’ve never seen any of the movies, except The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, that QT referenced in Django Unchained, but I was mesmerized by it from beginning to end. If the movie works, who cares where the parts came from? Shakespeare stole plot lines from Ovid, from the Decammeron(sp), and from those little news bards who spread gossip town to town. Sometimes the strings of dialogue get old, but if I’m in the right mood, those are fine, too. I don’t even want to like the guy, because, well, every time he talks I hate his face. But some of his films are as good as anything going right now. He’s a great craftsman.

        Comment by Bubdylan — Saturday February 15, 2014 @ 6:41am PST  
    • It’s really sad that people are so limited that the delay in production of a movie cause distress and maybe, based on some comments, cause some PTSD among you civilian types. Yep, you got it so hard, why you may have to get up and adjust your heater. Seriously people, grow a pair and control your own life, not some yoyo in LALA land.

      Comment by Dan Sullivan — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 1:22pm PST  
    • Tarantino should write a revenge flick over this leaked script.

      Comment by Mike — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 1:40pm PST  
    • What Quentin Tarantino should do is this: Give each actor a slightly different version of the script, but different in a subtle way that is hard to notice unless you are really looking for differences. No two copies of the script are exactly alike.

      If version X of the script is leaked you know it was Bruce Dern, or whoever who leaked it.

      Comment by Crewjobs — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 3:38pm PST  
      • I believe that is called the Tyrian Lannister approach.

        Comment by Jessica Stites — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 9:23pm PST  
        • Or the Trent Reznor-Broken film strategy.

          Still, if you have to do that, shows how much you trust your friends, eh?

          Comment by wayne — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 11:25pm PST  
    • I like the idea of publishing the story that’s adds an additional audience especially if it’s such a good story. I can’t wait to read it. So how many pages is the book.

      Comment by MAVERICK — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 5:21pm PST  
    • Wee.

      Comment by twanjim — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 6:12pm PST  
    • I suggest Tarantino spend more time reading and studying Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Paddy Chayefsky and other masters of drama than waste his time writing another sophomoric screenplay and pouting about his Hollywood drama. While he knows where to put the camera and how to use it, it wouldn’t hurt to develop into a sophisticated writer who delves into the human soul. Watching people do karate, shoot each other and talk about McDonalds is fun, I suppose, but it’s time to move on and write something with depth.

      Comment by Larry Dallas — Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 5:02am PST  
      • Burger King ?

        Comment by royale w cheese — Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 1:13am PST  
    • such a touchy back stabbing bizz.

      Comment by amazed — Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 7:44pm PST  
  • OK, isn’t this overly dramatic? These Hollywood types need to get a grip and check their egos at the door. The world won’t end if Tarantino doesn’t make another movie.

    Comment by Treech — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 5:50pm PST  
    • It would for me. His movies are the best thing going in this town and have been for 20 years. I saw him speak at the new Beverly once. Gave each person in the audience respect no matter how dumb and/or gushing their question was. Then later he was talking to people in the lobby. He’s just a passionate filmmaker and God bless him for it.

      Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:30pm PST  
      • Really? David O. Russell has been making great films for several years now and they’re all very different. Tarantino makes Tarantino films.

        Comment by Mike — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:02pm PST  
        • how are the types of movies he makes now relevant to this discussion?

          Comment by ramboj — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 11:04pm PST  
          • I get what Mike’s after. Tarantino seems to think that because the script’s been released early, the surprise factor is spoiled. But since Tarantino pretty much makes the same movie over and over, this is about like Hanna Barbara yanking an episode of Scooby-Doo because someone leaked the shocking news that the monster was really old man McDermott.

            Comment by X — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 9:26am PST  
        • Really, Mike? John Ford made Ford films and Alfred Hitchcock made Hitchcock films. So what is the problem with Tarantino making Tarantino films?

          Comment by EthanDuke — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 9:16am PST  
        • Really? The last David O. Russell film I watched looked a lot like a Scorsese film to me..just sayin’.

          Comment by Cleocat — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:30am PST  
          • This. Furthermore I couldn’t help but see and hear Pacino ala “Donnie Brasco” throughout Bale’s entire performance.

            Comment by Joe — Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 1:26am PST  
      • Totally agree. The guy is the best thing we got going. And just loves to talk about movies. QT don’t punish your fans because of these clowns. Granted he’s earned the right to do whatever he wants, but he’s gotta remember his fans are like junkies. It’s just plain mean to string us out like this. Unless of course he turns out the next relatively quickly, then to be honest I am cool with it. He could remake Dinner with Andre and I would be the first guy in line.

        Comment by Wga writer — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:40pm PST  
        • Oh my goodness. I would actually love to see a Quentin Tarantino remake of My Dinner with Andre. Hahahaha. Awesome idea!!

          Comment by BabaJingo — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 11:47pm PST  
          • I want to see a Quentin Tarantino remake of Song of the South!

            Comment by Bob — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 11:03am PST  
          • I think “My Dinner with Andre” would be a great choice, and it could star Uma Thurman. Of course, it would need a serious rewrite.

            Comment by A-MusingMuse — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 12:20pm PST  
      • If he’s not making the movie maybe he’ll have time to finish Django. What a disappointment to sit thru some fantastic performances in Django only to find that they couldn’t think up a decent ending. I want some of my money back!

        Comment by fingaz — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 11:24am PST  
      • Really, his films are that great?

        Thanks for the heads up.

        I will rent a few at Blockbuster this weekend!


        Comment by WAH — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 1:29pm PST  
        • really? blockbusters still exist? i was under the impression we had already been through the 90s

          Comment by lol — Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 7:28am PST  
      • Respect?? Like when he spit on Chris Matthews on the red carpet? Or when he furiously shouts about slaves and masters when asked about violence in movies being linked to real violence? This is a little boy taking his ball and going home because someone hurt his feelings. I enjoy movies but like most real people with jobs, I don’t really care if QT or any other particular director makes another movie.

        Comment by Smogdood — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 5:09pm PST  
        • I have a job, does that mean I can’t look foward to a movie from one of my favorite directors, or a book from one of my favorite authors, or an album from one of my favorite bands/singer? Dude you need to relax, your bitterness is making you come up with foolish arguments!

          Comment by Joe — Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 1:34pm PST  
    • it wont, but he is very good.. what should we watch? those who don’t know should they put a singing scene or crying scene. .. hmm. lets go with a little crying scene and a hug.. the end.. or those who came from porn industry to shoot the move with the professionals .. that means should we watch stupid movies?

      Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:18pm PST  
      • Quentin should spoof the porn industry next, same way he’s done anime, spaghetti westerns and samurai… he could call it PUMP FRICTION or RESERVOIR TIPS, or maybe Dangler Unchained.

        Comment by Ruprecht — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 5:13am PST  
        • Classic. I so approve of this post. Can’t leave out the all male “Fill Bill…” For the parody of “Grindhouse” you wouldn’t even have to change the title.

          Comment by Jersey Dave — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 8:28pm PST  
    • it wont ,but he is one of the best on my list. .i dont have a long list.. but what should we watch? those who don’t know should they put the crying scene or hugging and crying..hmm..or those who came from porn industries to compare with intelligent professional people ? that means should we watch stupid movies?

      Comment by mars — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:27pm PST  
    • If you want to keep a project quiet, you have to go to more secure methods in order to keep the script from getting out. I had a friend who work on Man of Steel and there was one copy of the approved script and it was kept in a safe in the production office. Anyone who was asked to read it could only do it in the office. When filming started, only the days script pages were printed and they were watermarked with names. When they did Scream sequels, they printed the script on paper that was hard to copy or scan. Tarantino has a right be upset about his work being leaked, but if you want to keep something secret, you have to take stronger measures. Can you imagine the outrage if any of the new Star Wars script was leaked? Who wants a multi-million dollar investment spoiled online? No one.

      Comment by ronnie — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 11:24pm PST  
      • They only started printing the scream sequel scripts on dark red paper *after* a production assistant on Scream 2 leaked significant chunks of the original S2 script, including who the (original) killers were.
        Seems like the Man of Steel production team had the right idea.

        Comment by calicatxx — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 5:51am PST  
      • It’ll be hard for him to do this next time though because it will show his actors he doesn’t trust them anymore, which he worries could interfere with the filming process.

        Comment by scorblin — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 5:58am PST  
      • Very good point.

        A lot of people who are criticizing Tarantino, don’t work in the industry and have no idea how much is riding on these projects. Keep in mind this was a first draft. You don’t want your first draft being read by everybody. While I’m sure Quentin’s first drafts are pretty damned entertaining, even he doesn’t want his unpolished work out floating around out there, and especially not for a project that hasn’t been pitched to potential investors.

        Comment by James — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 6:24am PST  
        • If you don’t want your 1st draft by everyone, then you don’t respond to a leak by publishing *the 1st draft*. He just undermined his own argument. After he shot himself in the foot, he responded by cutting off his nose to spite his face. He’s like a parody of one of his own scenes.

          I like his stuff, but this whole episode doesn’t impress me – not sympathetic.

          Comment by Pepper — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:37am PST  
          • And yes, I work in the industry – a couple of decades in fact. Including majors and indies.

            Comment by Pepper — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:41am PST  
      • Personally, i feel terrible for QT. It was a betrayal and the agent(s) in question should be fired. Most of the Hollywood stuff I work on has watermarks of YOUR NAME so if you leak it they know. On the Hulk you had to go to Prod office and get your watermarked script and read it in an office guarded by a big dude. On set, we had an animatic to follow and thats it. Lessons to be learned.

        Comment by johnea — Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 7:14am PST  
    • I would rather have a Tarantino movie than a comment like this saying he should stop. It’s crazy that he can’t even trust 6 people.

      Comment by a fan — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 12:19am PST  
    • you might want to check out how much money goes into a movie. The script is the central plan for that movie. You aren’t talking NSA, but it would like leaking the business plan of a 100 million dollar company.

      Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 5:28am PST  
    • No, nothing a dire as the end of the world, but it would be a bit sad.

      Comment by James — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 6:19am PST  
  • What a crybaby. What a spoiled brat diva. What a royal jerk. What an egomaniac. What an asshole. QT is all of those things and more.

    “Waaahhh! My script got put on the internet! so now I’m not going to make it! Waahh! I want the FBI and the KGB to investigate and prosecute whoever did this to me! Screw them! Screw everyone! I’m Quentin Tarantino and nobody does this to me! I’m angry and I feel so betrayed by my circle of trusted friends! Boo-Hoo-Hoo!”

    Comment by Grow up Quentin you big baby — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 5:51pm PST  
    • Well, artists. They all have their process, and if this behavior is a side effect of his, then so be it. He does get results that a lot of people enjoy.

      Comment by would have liked to see this movie — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:18pm PST  
    • Try to imagine you spent a year of your life working on something, with all the passion and skill of a career of artistic craftsmanship behind you. You give it to three close friends and colleagues, with the implicit understanding that they not show ANYBODY. This is your baby. You just wrote a fucking novel.

      The next day, it’s all over the internet.

      QT’s reaction seems totally and completely understandable, to me.

      Comment by Brandon — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:20pm PST  
      • “You wrote a novel.”

        No, he wrote a script. Probably a very enjoyable one, littered with typos. This isn’t War and Peace getting “leaked”.

        Comment by Jack — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:51pm PST  
        • Excuse me, Jack, but you’re an ass.

          The commenter tried to reduce the example to something you might understand.

          You’ve obviously never written a screenplay or you’d realize the insanity of your post.

          Novel vs Screenplay makes no difference.

          Imagine you spent a year writing a musical and gave the CD with the demo tracks on it to three friends who made them public online…

          Imagine you spent a year creating a piece of art people had heard about and were looking forward to eventually seeing (when you deemed it ready for display) and you took pictures of it before it was finished, gave them to three professionals you respect then discovered they were shared with the public before you were finished…

          Imagine you spent a year writing a personal letter to someone important, sent it to a friend to review (assuming respectful privacy) then discovered it had been posted online.

          Regardless of WHO posted it online, your anger would be the same.

          Movies get SO much crap for being leaked. For every 10 who post they love it there are 100 who’ll post: “IT SUCKS!”

          Until you understand ANY of those examples, think twice before you post.

          Comment by Dear Jackass — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:37pm PST  
          • Whoever you are, you’re my hero.

            Comment by TVScribe — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:50pm PST  
          • Not sure what’s going on as I tried to reply before but basically..

            No need to spew such antagonism at me personally for just expressing my opinion that he overreacted and that it’s an invalid comparison between one of his scripts and a novel (Example I chose was a literary classic).

            Anyways, aren’t there more important things going on in the world that deserve attention then a Hollywood filmmaker deciding *not* to make his movie after all? I simply posted a second or two of my opinion, and you decided to rant at someone you’ve never met and know nothing about..

            Comment by Jack — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 10:50pm PST  
          • …too much “imagine”

            Comment by John Lenon just called..... — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 1:03am PST  
          • I agree with you. The bottom line here is trust, plain and simple. “hey guys, wanna be part of my next big successful movie? One request: don’t share it.”

            Comment by Dave — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 3:16am PST  
          • Well put!

            Comment by James — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 6:26am PST  
          • BRAVO!!!!!! Very well stated. Haters are going to hate.

            Comment by D. A. Isley — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 1:01pm PST  
        • Its not War and Peace but it was a WHO-DONE-IT you asshole. And if the ending is exposed it kindda ruins the whole thing, no? I hope the next movie was that rumored “horror” film.

          Comment by Mister E — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:49pm PST  
          • No, it’s an ensemble Western. The “whodunit” is the mystery of how the script was leaked.

            Comment by George — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 11:42pm PST  
        • Why does everyone always resort to that, “There are more important things going on in the world” train whenever they get busted?

          I’m pretty sure the majority of people know there are many important things going on in the world. If you’re living and breathing I’m pretty sure and hope there are more important things going on in your personal life, but we came to this site to read and express an opinion about Quentin Tarantino, and that’s what we’re discussing on this site be it passionately or just objectively. Everybody knows were the CNN site is and how to get there, but right now, WE’RE TALKING THE MOVIES!!

          Comment by Here we go again! — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 6:33am PST  
        • the hateful eight refers to the eight other movies he lifted from to come up with a surefire pile of crap.

          Comment by djangowasgay — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 12:35pm PST  
      • QT is great at what he does, but he did not write a novel. A novel is an entirely different animal and there is just no comparing the two forms. Writing a novel is immeasurably more complicated and involved than writing a screenplay.

        Comment by Roger C. — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:01pm PST  
        • Umm, how often have you heard QT talk about his screenwriting process? He absolutely practically writes a novel. He’s talked about it at great length for the past 15 or so years.

          Comment by Zachary — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:31pm PST  
          • what the fuck are you babbling about? just because he likes the pretension of comparing his scripts to literary works, that doesn’t mean they’re “practically” novels, you ponderous dingleberry.
            they’re screenplays.
            overwritten screenplays.

            Comment by chip — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:44pm PST  
        • To make such an assertion, I assume you, Sir, have never written a screenplay.

          Comment by juleslefrog — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:36pm PST  
        • hahahahaha. right. cuz writing free form and describing every stupid detail and having no structure and rambling on and on is no where near the art of screenwriting. #idiot

          Comment by john — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:56pm PST  
        • “Writing a novel is immeasurably more complicated and involved than writing a screenplay.”

          You have no idea what you’re talking about.

          Writing prose is a walk in the park compared to writing a screenplay. When you write prose, as long as you have basic craft, all you have to worry about is letting the reader into your characters’ heads. When you write a screenplay, you have to have the craft, and then you have to *show* the reader/viewer what’s going on in your characters’ heads. You do this by putting them in circumstances where the characters’ words and actions express their inner motivations and monologue instead of just letting them “think” it (as you would in prose). You have to write in a way that allows the reader to visualize what they’re reading, instead of actually reading it. If you do your job well, it’s almost as if the words aren’t there, only the pictures you’ve created in the readers mind as they turn page after page.

          There’s a reason QT writes a novel first. That’s the easy part. It’s the next step of translating said novel into a screenplay that’s the real challenge.

          Comment by chilifries — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:14pm PST  
          • Tell ‘em. Roger’s a moron.

            Comment by I Like You — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 3:40am PST  
          • As someone whose written novellas and screenplays, and edited those written by others…. they’re both hard. Both have their difficulties and one is not easier than the other. They’re almost different beasts entirely. That being said, having a novel first makes writing a screenplay easier.

            Comment by B. — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 4:43am PST  
        • He’s about to talk to publishers.. So obviously it’s close enough to being a novel.

          Comment by It must be close enough — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 10:15pm PST  
          • NO – what he’s doing (as described thus far) is called a published screenplay – period. If he novelizes it, it will be called a novelization (of a screenplay.)


            Comment by Pepper — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:46am PST  
        • Thank you, erroneous failed screenwriter.

          Comment by WTFDUDE — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 11:10pm PST  
          • (To the guy, Roger C. who made that ludicrous comment about how complicated it to write a novel vs. a screenplay.)

            Comment by WFTDUDE — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 11:13pm PST  
      • Totally agree. I think he is hurt more than mad because he feels betrayed by actors he trusted. His reaction is totally understandable.

        Comment by mslewis — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:08pm PST  
      • i completely agree.

        Comment by christinem — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:27pm PST  
      • There is another aspect that bears considering. A leaked script has the potential to cost QT money. If it is on the internet, there are those who could read it & decide not to watch the movie. A script often has rewrites during production & takes a life of its own due the actor’s interpretation. A good actor can make a good script great or mediocre actor can make a great script a stinker. To me, leaking the script is akin to pirating. That might be an extreme opinion, but it is still lost revenue for everyone involved in the project if the script receives bad or even mediocre reviews on the internet. It isn’t Hollywood that contributes to those opening week revenues & all publicity helps or hurts.

        Comment by Anon — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 9:58am PST  
    • he may very well be all the things you just said… BUt you understand this is an intellectual property that is literally worth millions of dollars that he owns. If he wanted to control the distribution of it, that is every much his right.

      Again — let me repeat — this is a property with a value in the millions. I know lots of people like to say “Oh but the script isn’t the movie and it’s just a blueprint so who cares?”

      At this stage, the script is tantamount to a business plan. A business plan for a venture that will likely entail 100 million plus dollars in expenditure when all is said and done. If anyone walked into Apple and stole plans for a new product that was gonna cost the company a hundred million to produce — they’d be prosecuted in a heartbeat.

      So like him, hate him, whatever… but these kind of incidents really are a big deal.

      Comment by Jones — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:22pm PST  
      • Well put! :)

        Comment by JGuitar — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:09pm PST  
    • Your comment has infinitely more whining and emotional baggage than anything Tarantino said. His plans for an upcoming movie were sullied, so he’ll do a different one. It’s disappointing for him, since he wrote the entire script and wanted to get it underway, but oh well. Meanwhile, you seem very emotionally invested in criticizing the guy for changing his mind. May I suggest taking a deep breath and stepping outside?

      Comment by What is wrong with you? — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:27pm PST  
      • Exactly. Who are you to tell someone how to feel about their work, work that has grossed billions upon billions of dollars. That’s his decision to make, whether you think he’s being overly dramatic or not. This is the reason parasites like Scriptshadow, Carson Reeves, Chris Eads need to be stopped. All they do is criticize writers, and the degree to which they do is directly proportional to how little they know about writing a script. Stop taking other people’s work and destroying it just because you can’t possibly replicate their level of talent in your own life.

        Comment by thaqnks — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:40pm PST  
    • …says the person who’s never written anything more than comment section nonsense.

      Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:32pm PST  
    • Sounds more like he’s more pissed that someone he trusted betrayed him than anything else. I’d hate for a first draft of mine to get leaked, so then Carson Reeves can rip it apart and before you know it there’s a pre-conceived notion about a film that isn’t even in pre-production.

      Comment by Jack — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:43pm PST  
      • Does anyone really listen to Carson Reeves? He’s a friggin’ idiot.

        Comment by Joe — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:31pm PST  
    • What a terrible fallacy, you make it seem as he is over dramatizing it and then give legit reasons why he would not do it, he got betrayed by one of 3 people he trusted so much to give a script of 90 pages away that was meant to be shot in a year, and got leaked before even pre production began, if you are going to work for a year and more because of post production and marketing and everyone already knows whats gonna happen from day 1, why would you even do it? You´d rather move on to another story until you have enough inspiration to reimagine the leaked one, as he says he doesn´t mind the script being leaked, just that it happened from the first day and that it could only be 3 people he trusted, legit reasons, you are the one crying for no reason.

      Comment by Gabe — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:00pm PST  
    • he is all those things. thats what intelligent people are.. they are all you can imagine and more. so you didn’t understood the movies he made. you’re not the only one, but you could show some respect to a guy who knows things you will never understand. you think the movies he make are falling infront of his doors every morning like your newspaper? of course hes mad. you wouldn’t be?

      Comment by mars — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:35pm PST  
    • Maybe to you it’s just a script for just a movie. But to filmmakers it’s countless hours of hard work. When you are writing a script you live and breath it, it’s constantly in the back of your mind, invading your dreams. This isn’t just a hobby, this is his living. It’s even more than that because it’s his passion. When the fruits of your hard labor boil down to a few weeks at the box office, I think you would feel some emotional attachment to your work as well.

      Comment by JMG — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 10:29pm PST  
    • If QT wants to keep something a secret and someone betrays his trust, it’s understandable that he’d react, as anyone would, by punishing the person who betrayed that trust. He just has a lot more resources to punish, and deservedly so.

      Comment by The Judge — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 11:51pm PST  
    • fuck you you fucking piece of shit. quentin tarantino is one of the best.

      Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 12:31am PST  
      • How eloquent.

        Comment by Kay — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 4:28pm PST  
    • @Grow up Quentin you big baby,

      This is the kind of comment made by someone who has gotten paid to do anything creative in his life. That is all.

      Comment by Elmore — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 11:13am PST  
    • His little tantrum also gives him a chance to come back and say that he *has* to do it due to the “overwhelming response” of fans. That could be a very powerful ego trip for someone.

      Comment by Alfredo — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 2:02pm PST  
  • Rude that an assistant somehow gets put in the mix for hypothetical blame for this by the write? Fuck that.

    Comment by SammieB — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 5:52pm PST  
    • Yeah, an assistant would never lead something!

      Comment by disgruntled viewer — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 7:55pm PST  
    • I thought the same thing.

      Comment by JeffR — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:09pm PST  
    • Yeah, good point. Because assistants have never passed around scripts before….

      Comment by Ted — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 10:09pm PST  
      • As assistant would (well, should) never put their job in jeopardy, because their jobs are already on the line every minute of the day. One missed call from a ‘name’ or a missed meeting reminder could mean the end of your reign at a prestigious company. So a leaked script could possibly mean death by beheading in the CAA lobby.

        Comment by BURB — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 12:44pm PST  
    • The writer did not blame the assistant. The author of the news article and the agent likely responsible for the leak seem to be the ones putting the blame on an assistant.

      Comment by Tom — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 8:30am PST  
      • I meant writer as in Tarantino did not blame an assistant, but the writer of the article did.

        Comment by Tom — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 8:31am PST  
  • I understand why Tarantino is upset. I would, too. But isn’t his refusal to go forward with the project a bit puerile for someone of his talent, pedigree and accomplishment? And what good could possibly come from Tarantino going public other than a bunch of free PR and, possibly, a witch hunt for the guilty party/parties and the possible harm, (er, destruction) of an agent’s career? To quote Shakespeare, I think this is very possibly a classic case of turning a trifle into a tragedy.

    Comment by bobby the saint — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 5:53pm PST  
    • Not necessarily, he typically writes with actors in mind, Kill Bill was for Uma before he wrote one word. If he can’t trust the actors he envisioned for the script, then he likely wouldn’t use them, now the script isn’t the same.

      Comment by TedZilla — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 10:35am PST  
    • Well said. I can understand being angry and feeling betrayed, but calling off the project completely seems a bit like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum. I love his films, but this isn’t the first (nor will it be the last) time a script has been leaked. If it really is his baby, he’ll see it through to the end. I suspect he will ultimately cave. As a writer, it’s hard to throw away a piece of work that you’re really proud of. The impulse to see it come to fruition will overcome his bitterness and anger. At least, that’s what I’m hoping. It could just be wishful thinking on my part. :)

      Comment by Kay — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 4:35pm PST  
  • This is so silly. Tarantino is having a tantrum over business as usual.

    Comment by Jane Rain — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 5:54pm PST  
  • More like Quentin Taratantrum, amiright?

    Comment by Oscar — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 5:59pm PST  
  • Thank God. Now if only this happens for every movie he tries to make. I’m sick of his overrated crap.

    Comment by Yellowdog — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:00pm PST  
    • Name a bad movie he’s made and tell us why it’s bad.

      Comment by joe — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:33pm PST  
      • We’ll wait.

        Comment by Cory T. — Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 3:42am PST  
    • ???
      Does anyone force you to watch his movies?

      Comment by Dan — Monday January 27, 2014 @ 2:10pm PST  
  • Wow, Quentin is pissed and rightly so, dropping names big time. I doubt anyone will have the guts to admit they stabbed him in the back. This is so wrong.

    Comment by Simone — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:01pm PST  
  • so he gets tons of pr for this “leaKn” and now he’s not gonna make it?

    Ill believe that when I see it, lol.

    Comment by Dave — Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:02pm PST  
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