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Quentin Tarantino suing Gawker over leaked script

Posted by Christopher Hughes  January 27, 2014 12:28 PM

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Last week was a disheartening one for fans of Quentin Tarantino. Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. was first to report that Tarantino's first draft of his latest western, "The Hateful Eight" had been vetted to three actors he was considering for starring roles: Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and Bruce Dern. Of the three confidants, one apparently shared the script with their agent, who subsequently shared the document all over Hollywood, eventually even landing online via Gawker. Tarantino was apparently so upset, that he's now refusing to even make the movie, according to a Hollywood Reporter exclusive. Instead of creating a movie, Tarantino told Fleming he's instead choosing instead to publish the story as a book.

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“I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino said to Deadline. “I could totally change my mind; I own the f-ing thing. But I can tell you, it’s not going to be the next thing I do. It’s my baby, and if the muse calls me later to do it, we’ll do it. I was thinking about the idea of maybe publishing it before I made it, but now that deal happens for sure, and I’m not doing it next.”

Now, the director is taking Gawker Media to court, accusing the website of copyright infringement. The legal complaint, obtained through Deadline, accuses Gawker of copyright "predatory journalism," citing that the website "brazenly encourages Gawker visitors to read the screenplay illegally with an invitation to ‘enjoy’ it. There was nothing newsworthy or journalistic about Gawker Media facilitating and encouraging the public’s violation of Plaintiff’s copyright in the screenplay, and its conduct will not shield Gawker Media from liability for their unlawful activity.”

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