Last month Quentin Tarantino announced that his next movie would be another western, saying “I love Westerns so much, that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘well okay, now let me make another one now I know what I’m doing”.
Since then it was revealed that the movie would be called The Hateful Eight and he was looking at a number of actors to take on leading roles. The movie won’t be happening, however, as a draft of the script leaked and Tarantino is so annoyed and angry that he’s scrapped the movie altogether.
“I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino said. “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 learned that when his longtime agent Mike Simpson began getting phone calls from agents looking to pitch their clients for roles in the ensemble Western.
“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.”
The Hateful Eight isn’t dead completely as Tarantino says he’ll turn it into a book and could revisit the script in the future, but he’s done for now. Instead he’ll focus on another project “I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”
Django Unchained made $425 million worldwide and received five Academy Awards including Best Picture. Many were looking forward to seeing what else the director could bring to the genre, but I guess we’ll have to wait a while before Tarantino decides what he’s making next.