Returning to the revenge genre he so loves, Quentin Tarantino has reportedly decided not to make The Hateful Eight, vengeance for a script leak from one of the film's potential stars.
Word of Tarantino's latest, said to be a straight-up western and seemingly a pastiche of The Magnificent Seven, came earlier this month with word that Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz were being eyed for the cast. As it turns out now, that's only partially true: Tarantino did meet with Dern, but the other actors offered parts were fellow Tarantino standards Michael Madsen and Tim Roth.
Tarantino tells Deadline that the three actors received copies of the screenplay, and thanks to that, already the script has been leaked by one of their agents. So, now a "very, very depressed" Tarantino, too morose to even derive any pleasure from fetishized violence, has decided that he won't even make the film and will instead publish the script as a book. "I'll publish it. I'm done. I'll move on to the next thing," said Tarantino. "I've got 10 more where that came from."
For whatever reason, he says he knows Roth isn't the one who leaked it, so Tarantino has decided, "It's got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names." As Kill Bill proved, he likes to be pretty straightforward about who's on his protagonist's shit list.
That said, there's apparently no ill will toward Dern himself. Tarantino already has another script he's "been full of piss and vinegar about," and he's reportedly writing a big role in that for the 77-year-old actor. Dern's potentially-shit-headed agent might just get a commission out of this yet.
While the director made several assurances that The Hateful Eight won't be what he makes next, he did leave some room to possibly return to it later, when his head once again hangs only to gaze at exposed toes.
"I could totally change my mind; I own the fucking thing. But I can tell you, it's not going to be the next thing I do. It's my baby, and if the muse calls me later to do it, we'll do it." Though that probably doesn't mean Uma Thurman anymore.