Tarantino scraps plans to make film after screenplay leaked
Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino is on the warpath, after someone leaked his latest screenplay, prompting him to scrap plans to make it as his next film.
The Reservoir Dogs filmmaker is pointing the finger at someone linked to only six people with whom he has shared the screenplay for The Hateful Eight, which he now says he will turn into a book instead.
Representatives for some of those allegedly involved declined to comment, or did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday, a day after Tarantino voiced his anger in an interview with celebrity news outlet Deadline.com
"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," he said.
Tarantino said he showed the screenplay to only six people, including three actors and one producer on Django Unchained, who he says let an agent come to his house and read it.
"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," he said.
A spokesman for Madsen, James Weir, said he had no comment on the issue, while agents for Dern did not respond to requests for comment.