A few days ago, it was reported that Quentin Tarantino would not be going ahead with his upcoming film, a new western entitled The Hateful Eight, after an unknown person leaked the script. Obviously, Tarantino would be on the lookout for anyone in connection with his script getting into the wrong hands. It seems as though website Gawker simply did not care, proudly making his screenplay available for all to download. Well, Tarantino is now taking them to court for their efforts.
Deadline has the full formal complaint filed by Tarantino, which partly states: Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s right to make a buck. This time they’ve gone 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.
In a time where it’s becoming harder and harder to keep track of intellectual property, this case could develop to be a very important one — especially if it becomes an all-out lawsuit. The main issue is that, according to the formal complaint, Gawker failed to remove the offending links after an official request. Their headline boasts, ‘Here is the leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script’.
We’ll keep you informed as to how everything proceeds.