Hollywood, land of backstabbing assholes. Last week, it was reported that Quentin Tarantino finished writing the first draft of The Hateful Eight, his follow-up to Django Unchained. Finished Tarantino scripts are a very big deal, as they only come once every few years, and are consistently excellent. It’s an even bigger deal when Tarantino commits to actually filming the thing, as seemed the case with The Hateful Eight, a Western. The filmmaker sent it out to a few actors, and the stagecoach wheels appeared to be in motion. Not anymore, thanks to who else but a snivelling, rat-faced Hollywood agent.
Deadline reports that Tarantino is “depressed” and pulling the plug after the script was leaked online by an agent for one of the actors he sent the script to, either Michael Madsen or Oscar nominee Bruce Dern. Here’s what the always candid filmmaker told the trade:
“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.”
Tarantino goes on to say that he generally doesn’t mind when his scripts get posted online and reviewed by bloggers before they’re made, and that the reason he’s abandoning The Hateful Eight is that he feels betrayed. “I gave it to three motherfucking actors,” he went on to say. “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.” Just goes to show, never trust anyone in Hollywood. Ever.