He is a rambunctious sort, ain’t he?
Quentin Tarantino has thrown his litigious toys out of his metaphorical pram in the latest saga of his proposed western.
Earlier this month, the script for The Hateful Eight was leaked online, and the writer-director announced that his next planned project would be abandoned, expressing unhappiness and “betrayal”.
Now, Tarantino has announced plans to sue the online blog Gawker for linking to a downloadable PDF of the script.
In a statement via his lawyer, Tarantino 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.”
Gawker have responded assertively, pointing out that they only linked to the script, rather than leaking it themselves, and noting that it was Tarantino who turned the leak into a news story by speaking directly to a Deadline reporter.
They also pointed out that Tarantino has not had a problem with leaks in the past - the screenplays for both Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds were published online before release.
“I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the net,” Tarantino had previously told a reporter of his scripts. “Frankly, I wouldn't want it any other way.”
Gawker vowed to defend themselves against the lawsuit. “We'll be fighting this one,” the blog stated.