At Comic-Con, Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino officially confirmed that he was in fact going to make his planned western The Hateful Eight, despite previously announcing that he wouldn't proceed with the film due to the script getting leaked.
According to Deadline
, the announcement was made as Tarantino was speaking at the Dynamite Comic's panel discussion of the upcoming Django Unchained/Zorro
crossover comic book. The reveal reportedly elicited massive cheering from the audience.
The film, which Tarantino wrote to be a spiritual sequel to the classic western The Magnificent Seven, was at the center of a storm of controversy in January when the 51-year-old director announced that he was shelving the project because he was angry that one of the few friends he showed the script to had allegedly leaked it to the press.
"I'm very, very depressed," Tarantino told Deadline at the time. "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."
The script was scanned and published by the website Gawker, allowing anyone who wanted to read it a chance to download it. In response, Tarantino filed a lawsuit against the site.
Since "shelving" the project, Tarantino has not stopped talking about it, even hosting live readings of the script. Now, it seems that the project has still held its appeal for the director, and many fans are excited that he's moving forward with production.
Exactly who leaked Tarantino's script in the first place has still not been revealed.