Someone betrayed Quentin Tarantino's trust and now he's scrapping his next movie.
It's a bizarre story that broke last night. After learning that his script for his would-be next movie, The Hateful Eight, was leaked, Tarantino called up Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. to explain that he would not actually be making the film next. He said: "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 is placing the blame on CAA, the agency that represents Bruce Dern, one of the three actors to whom Tarantino gave the script. Fleming reported that a source at CAA "vehemently denied" the agency was the source of the leak, but that how it actually got out is an "unsolvable breach." (Later on, Tarantino also speculates that it could be Michael Madsen's agent.)
Tarantino now says he will work on another project, one in which Dern will likely still have a part. Tarantino's problem is not that the script got out, but that the script got out so early. "I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it," he told Fleming. "But I gave it to six motherfucking people! Starting this week, I’ll be setting meetings with publishers."