Quentin Tarantino is fighting mad about the leak of his new western script Hateful Eight, going so far as to sue Gawker.com for allegedly helping to spread the script around the globe.
Gawker Media, the company behind the news site, plans to battle the auteur behind some of the most violent films in recent history. The site says it was fulfilling its news-generating mission by linking to sites where the script could be found, and that the filmmaker spoke openly about the leak to the press, generating plenty of ink all the while.
Gawker Media responded with a six-point post entitled, “Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Link to Script He Wants Online,” which notes that the company thinks Tarantino is to blame for the leak, as he spoke on the availability of his work to Deadline Hollywood and made his complaints of the leak very public and, therefore, newsworthy. “It was Tarantino himself who turned his script into a news story, one that garnered him a great deal of attention,” reads one section…. Even more so, the company notes it was simply fulfilling its role as a news site and, with precedence on its side, is ready to take on the director in the legal battle.