Tarantino Shelves The Hateful Eight Over Leak
Quentin Tarantino has shelved plans for his next film, a western called The Hateful Eight, after the script was apparently leaked to Hollywood agents.
The director said he had decided not to make the film next year after learning that the outline of the project had been passed around without his permission.
Tarantino said he felt "betrayed" and had been left "very, very depressed" by the episode.
He told film website Deadline he had given copies of the script to just six people, including a number of actors he had worked with in the past.
The Pulp Fiction director said he realised there had been a leak when his representatives started getting calls from agents hoping to secure their client a role in the film.
He said he would discuss releasing the script as a book with publishers and might look again at making the film at some stage over the next five years.
He 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.
"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."
Tarantino said he had ruled Reservoir Dogs star Tim Roth out of his hunt for the culprit.
"The one I know didn't do this is Tim Roth," he said. "One of the others let their agent read it, and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood."
Deadline said an earlier report that Christoph Waltz - an Oscar winner for roles in Tarantino films Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained - had been given an advance copy of the script was wrong.
The film was set to be the 50-year-old director's second foray into the western genre after 2012's Django Unchained - his biggest box office hit with £258m ($425m) in worldwide takings.
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