Here’s a weird one: Quentin Tarantino has officially shelved the ensemble Western that would have been his next movie, insinuating that an unnamed actor’s rep leaked the script’s first draft.
This is some serious Inside Hollywood stuff: yesterday the director told Deadline that he suspects an agent at the Creative Artists Agency of pilfering said script, which he only gave to six of the actors he’d planned to cast. He only realized what had happened when he began to get calls from agents looking to cast their own clients in what would have been called The Hateful Eight.
Tarantino used the incident to cast some more negative light on agents in general, saying:
“I don’t know how these f*cking agents work, but I’m not making this next…I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”
CAA claims that Tarantino may have created the problem on his own by distributing copies of the script without a watermark, though we can see why he would have trusted actors he’d worked with in the past and we hope some unnamed sources will pop out of the woodwork to make a little more sense of this strangeness.
The story does, in part, answer one of our longstanding questions about the inner workings of the movie biz: who reads all those scripts? Because we know the actors don’t do it.