Tarantino Sues Gawker for Disseminating Movie Script

Canceled a Western movie after plot leaked out


Days after a script leak prompted Quentin Tarantino to shelve his ensemble western "The Hateful Eight," the filmmaker has filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media and accused its Defamer website of disseminating copies of the script, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Last week, Tarantino was irate to learn that his new screenplay had gotten out into the wild after he gave it to a few actors, telling the media that he was "very, very depressed" and would publish the script rather than make it into a movie.

Not long afterward, Defamer published a post titled "Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino 'Hateful Eight' Script," which contained download links to the script. The post concluded, "For better or worse, the document is 146 pages of pure Tarantino. Enjoy!"