Tarantino fans around the world were dealt a vicious blow last week after the acclaimed director’s script for “The Hateful Eight” was leaked online.
Even before it hit the web, the script was reportedly passed around Hollywood, which led Quentin Tarantino to scrap the project for the time being, stating that he would not make it his next film.
Now “The Hollywood Reporter” reports that he is suing Gawker’s Defamer blog for leaking the script in a post named “Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script.”
“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,” Tarantino’s lawsuit reads (via “THR”).
This is not the first time Gawker has been threatened with legal action for allegedly leaking an artist’s work without permission.
“Girls” creator Lena Dunham nearly sued the publication for posting her 66-page book proposal online before it was eventually removed from the site.