Days after a script leak prompted Quentin Tarantino to shelve his ensemble western "The Hateful Eight," the filmmaker has filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media and accused its Defamer website of disseminating copies of the script, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Last week, Tarantino was irate to learn that his new screenplay had gotten out into the wild after he gave it to a few actors, telling the media that he was "very, very depressed" and would publish the script rather than make it into a movie.
Not long afterward, Defamer published a post titled "Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino 'Hateful Eight' Script," which contained download links to the script. The post concluded, "For better or worse, the document is 146 pages of pure Tarantino. Enjoy!"
Tarantino's lawyers filed a lawsuit that said: "Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck. This time they went too far. Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff's screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally."