You can only take a man's presents out from under the Christmas tree so many times before he decides to cancel Christmas, and yesterday, film fans were told that Santa can go fuck himself. Quentin Tarantino called up Mike Fleming over at Deadline to tell him that upcoming western of his? The one called The Hateful Eight? You can forget about seeing that in a theater any time soon. Why? Because people keep leaking his scripts. This happened with Inglorious Basterds, it happened with Django Unchained, and the leaking of Hateful Eight was the last straw.

Let Tarantino tell it:

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. 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. 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.

The article goes on to point out that Tarantino thinks it was someone at CAA, who represents Bruce Dern, but CAA has gone on the record as vehemently denying the accusation, and then pointing out that Tarantino didn't watermark the script anyway, which makes it a hell of a lot easier for such things to get out.

The Hateful Eight should show up on bookshelves soon, as Tarantino says he'll be meeting with publishers. There's some speculation as to whether it'll stay a screenplay, or become a novel. There's also, of course, speculation as to which actor is responsible for the leak, Dern or Madsen.

You know it's Madsen.

Look at him.


Better yet, look at his agent/management. Bruce Dern's management just got him a career-reviving role in Alexander Payne's highly-praisedNebraska. Madsen's guy? Made sure to get him top billing in Dirty Dealing 3D a drama about casino employees raising money for cancer kids with a sexy casino calendar. The film co-stars C.Thomas Howell.

Lets settle this with a completely scientific internet poll. Put the power of uninformed conjecture to work for the greater good!