The last time I wrote about Quentin Tarantino, I was more than a little disgusted with the way he reacted to being asked about movie violence during an interview (in short: he furiously blustered things like "I'm not your slave! I'm not a monkey! I'm shutting your butt down!"). Man, I love Tarantino's movies, but the dude clearly has a fuse about half an inch long, because he's currently making headlines for yet another hissy fit -- except this time, he's shutting his own butt down.
Tarantino is so incredibly pissed that the script leaked for his new film titled The Hateful Eight, he's shelving the project altogether. Not only that, he's publicly finger-pointing the suspects, three famous actors and their agents. By doing so, he's making it pretty damn clear that anyone who's bummed at losing the chance to see his planned ensemble Western knows EXACTLY who to blame.
Well, maybe not exactly, but he's essentially narrowed it down to Michael Madsen or Bruce Dern. As Tarantino told Deadline,
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. (...) I gave it to three motherfucking actors. 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.
Oh, but he might have a change of heart, assuming he ever cools down:
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.
Ugh. So many eye-rolls over this. I'm sure it's frustrating as hell to have your work leaked before you're ready for the world to see it -- although it's worth noting this has happened with several of his past projects, and this is the first time he's reacted by dramatically canceling the movie -- but this whole thing just feels like Extreme Butthurt.
It really is too bad his trust was betrayed, but what's the point of the public tantrum aside from some publicity over an "unsolvable breach" (as Deadline puts it) that might end an agent's career? Sounds like someone needs to untwist his manties, check his ego, and keep in mind that most audience members aren't combing the Internet for leaked scripts before they go to the movies.
What do you think about Quentin Tarantino's canceled movie? Do you think that was an understandable reaction?
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