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Quentin Tarantino shelves Hateful Eight after script leak

Quentin Tarantino, writer and director of Death Proof

Story by Jack Foley

QUENTIN Tarantino has reportedly shelved plans to make his second Western, The Hateful Eight, after a script leak.

Speaking to Deadline, the 50-year-old director said that he was “very, very depressed” by the revelation that his script had been passed onto Hollywood agents despite only being shown to six potential actors.

He said he first became aware of the leak when his office began getting calls from agents pitching their clients for leading roles.

Speaking candidly, as ever, Tarantino said that, of the six people who had seen it, only three were actors, including Tim Roth, who appeared in his first two films, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.

“The one I know didn’t do this is Tim Roth,” he said. “One of the others let their agent read it, and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood.”

Speaking about the project itself, Tarantino continued: “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now.”

But now that he has been so upset by the course of events, he added: “I’ll publish it [instead]. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing.”

There was some hope for fans hoping to see a follow-up Western to Django Unchained, as Tarantino did concede that he “could totally change my mind”.

“If the muse calls me later to do it, we’ll do it,” he said.

But for now the Western appears well and truly shelved in film form.

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