Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker Media for allegedly leaking the script for “The Hateful Eight” online, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
The Washington Times reported on Wednesday that the award-winning director angrily shelved the script indefinitely after learning it had been leaked to the public.
It was a question of whodunit among his small circle of actor friends, with the director first pointing the blame at the Creative Artists Agency and actor Bruce Dern.
“I’m very, very depressed. I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today,” he told Deadline.com last week.
After news of the leak spread, Gawker’s Defamer blog linked to the 146-page script under a post titled, “Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script,” THR reported.
“Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck,” the claim reads. “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.”
Mr. Tarantino said he’s only going to publish “The Hateful Eight,” and “that’s it for now.”
“I give it out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from,” he said.