Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino is shelving his upcoming western The Hateful Eight, after first draft scripts were leaked to industry insiders.
Tarantino, who had shown the script to just a handful of actors, says he is "very, very depressed" following the breach – so much so that he now has "no desire to make" the movie.
"I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn't mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now," Tarantino told Deadline. "I gave it to six people, and apparently it's gotten out today."
Talking about the "betrayal", Tarantino continued: "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'm not making this next," the director added. "I'm going to publish it, and that's it for now... 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."
The Hateful Eight was reportedly another western, following in the footsteps of hit film Django Unchained, and was expected to star Bruce Dern, the lead actor of Oscar-nominated Nebraska.