Writer-director Quentin Tarantino, seen in Los Angeles in November, says he's dropping The Hateful Eight project after the leak. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)
Taking a stand against the leaked first draft of an upcoming movie project, Quentin Tarantino has decided simply to drop the film.
Industry watchers and devoted fans of the Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Django Unchained writer-director already knew he was working on an ensemble western to be called The Hateful Eight.
However, the project is now indeterminately shelved, Tarantino says, after just one of the very small group with whom he shared the early script leaked the work-in-progress.
He named four of the six people he said received copies of the script: producer Reggie Hudlin and actors Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Tim Roth. He said he believes one of the six shared his or her copy with an outsider, additional copies were made and then distributed to others.
"I didn't mean to shoot it until next winter...I gave it to six people, and apparently it's gotten out."
Tarantino said he discovered the leak when his longtime agent began receiving calls from other agents pitching their clients for specific roles.
Although he is entertaining the idea of turning the script into a novel and noted he could return to the script later, Tarantino is adamant about moving on.
"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," he declared.
"I'm done. I'll move on to the next thing. I've got 10 more where that came from."
In this age of instant information-sharing, it's become commonplace for albums, movies, books, videogames and other eagerly anticipated entertainment properties to get leaked before their intended debut date (whether in part or in their entirety).
What do you think: is Tarantino overreacting or do you agree with his determined stance?
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