On Monday, January 27 Deadline broke the news that director Quentin Tarantino is pursuing legal action against Gawker, the company who posted a link to his latest script online, after the director revealed it was leaked. The script was the first draft of a screenplay for "The Hateful Eight," a western which was expected to be Tarantino's next film project.
In court documents filed in Los Angeles, Tarantino alleges that the company committed copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement by making the script available online. The director will be represented by litigator Martin Singer and a jury trial has been requested. The official documents are available to read here.
News of the leak was revealed last week after the script was given to a small group of actors and the director announced that the project was shelved because he was so upset. The source of the leak has not been identified publicly. The online media company Gawker Media obtained a copy of the leaked script and encouraged people to download the screenplay using links it provided. The complaint was filed after the company apparently refused to take down the script at the director's request.
The film was expected to be Tarantino's latest work after the success of "Django Unchained," a 2012 spaghetti western about a bounty hunter who frees a slave and helps him find his wife in exchange for help capturing wanted fugitives. The director had planned to shoot "The Hateful Eight" and another undisclosed project simultaneously, but will now revisit the leaked script in a few years and proceed with the other project.
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