CALIFORNIA -Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino has dropped his latest project, a Western called The Hateful Eight, after it apparently leaked out to Hollywood agents.

The filmmaker said he learned of the leak when his office started getting calls from agents pitching their acting clients for roles. Speaking to film website Deadline, Tarantino said he only “gave it to six people”.

He added he was “very, very depressed.” Tarantino, who won best original screenplay at last year’s Oscars for Django Unchained, said: “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now.”

The 50-year-old said he now plans to publish the script as a book and revisit the prospect of a movie after a few years.