Quentin Tarantino Rants Over “The Hateful Eight” Script Leak: “I Gave It to Six Motherf***ing People!”

Quentin Tarantino on December 3, 2012 in New York City.
Quentin Tarantino says he was betrayed after the script for The Hateful Eight was leaked. "I Gave It to Six Motherf***ing People!" he complains, while speculating about the culprit. D Dipasupil/FilmMagic

Is someone going to fess up? Quentin Tarantino is fuming mad after the script for The Hateful Eight, an ensemble Western, was leaked — and he's trying to find the culprit.

"I'm very, very depressed," the Django Unchained director, 50, told Deadline on Tuesday, Jan. 21. "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."

Via the process of elimination, the Oscar-winning director and screenwriter is convinced that one of the six people he gave the script to is to blame.

"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," Tarantino said. "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 gave it to three motherf***ing actors," he explained. "We met in a place, and I put it in their hands. Reggie Hudlin's agent never had a copy. It's got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names."

Rather than continue with the project, Tarantino has decided to publish his story and and reconsider turning it into a film in the next five years.

"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 said. "I'll publish it. I'm done. I'll move on to the next thing. I've got 10 more where that came from."

That being said, Tarantino did admit that he appreciates fan interest in his work. "I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it," he said. "But I gave it to six motherf***ing people! Starting this week, I'll be setting meetings with publishers."

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