If you love or hate his movies you can sure about one thing, Quentin Tarantino loves his films. His next project was going to be a western entitled The Hateful Eight and Tarantino had begun to circulate the script to a trust group of people in hopes of beginning preliminary pre-production. And then the script was leaked to the public. Tarantino, feeling hurt and betrayed, went to Deadline where he voiced his plans to scrap the film, for now, and begin working on anything else.
He tells Deadline's Mike Fleming that he is "very, very depressed" and that this was the first draft of the script for a shooting to begin next winter. After a small group of people saw this draft he soon began hearing more and more actors who were interested in joining the film, which was a red flag. Tarantino wasn't vague about who he shared the script with or who he thinks might have been behind the leak.
“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.”
It's not everyday a major director comes out and starts blaming people for sharing a script. I can see Tarantino's side however. This was his work, his baby, and he hands it out to a trusted few only to have it go public shortly thereafter. Granted I don't think showing your agent a script counts as a full on betrayal.