It hasn’t been very long since Quentin Tarantino’s new project, The Hateful Eight, had been revealed, sparking much excitement amongst the auteur’s dedicated fans. However, now, Tarantino has stated that “I have no desire to make it”.
The indefinite cancellation of the western is a result of a “betrayal” and a leaking of the script. Tarantino said to Deadline: “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.”
Tarantino discovered that he had been deceived when his agent began to receive an overload of calls from actors’ agents in the hope that they could star in The Hateful Eight.
Tarantino revealed that he had passed the script on to three actors: Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth. He also passed the script on to one of the Django Unchained producers, Reggie Hudlin. The director, famous for timeless works such as Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, is adamant that the culprit is not Tim Roth, finally going on to say that: “I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got ten more where that came from.”
The shelving of the new Western-themed project, now to be published as a novel instead, is going to be heavily disappointing for many fans, but the hint at the prosperity of many more works from the Oscar-winning director is likely to restore excitement.