Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained

Just a few days after the title of Quentin Tarantino‘s next project was revealed to be The Hateful Eight, the director has indefinitely delayed the film. The reason? He’s “very, very depressed” after learning that someone has leaked the screenplay.

But there’s hope yet that we’ll get to see the story — just not necessarily in movie form. Tarantino is reportedly considering publishing the script as a novel, with the possibility of a movie adaptation down the line. Hit the jump for the latest updates.

Deadline learned of Tarantino’s intentions in an interview today. “I’m very, very depressed,” 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 today.”

Currently, Tarantino’s plan is to meet with publishers this week about turning The Hateful Eight into a book. “I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now,” he said. “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.”

Tarantino had only shown the script to a small group of actors including Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Tim Roth, who may have then passed the screenplay to their agents. The filmmaker told the trade that he “knows” Roth wasn’t behind the leak, but suspects talent agency CAA (which represents Dern) to be the culprit. CAA has denied the possibility.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem that Tarantino holds any hard feelings against Dern himself. While The Hateful Eight won’t be Tarantino’s next project, Tarantino said that he hopes to give Dern a role in whatever he directs next. Understandably, he would not offer any details about his next film. “I’ll move on to the next thing,” he said. “I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”

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