Jun 11, 2020
Gather Round And Watch Quentin Tarantino And Gawker Try To Beat Each Other’s Brains Out
Last week, we cried real tears upon learning that Quentin Tarantino was taking his Hateful Eight toys and going home because someone leaked the script. This tantrum inspired Gawker’s Defamer to solicit a copy of the script, which they promptly received and linked to because Defamer. Now Quentin is mad AND sad and is suing Gawker.
“Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck,” says Tarantino’s lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
Aren’t you glad we are here to make sure you have all this breaking legal news and provide you with the most up-to-date most trenchant-est analysis imaginable? Of course you are! But we’re not just a stern legal face. We also keep tabs on all the entertainment side of things so we can keep you posted on the extreme levels of whinging coming from Tarantino about the leak, in which he basically trashes the actors he sent the thing to.
So who could have done this? “I gave it to one of the producers on Django Unchained, Reggie Hudlin, and he let an agent come to his house and read it,” Tarantino said. “That’s a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didn’t end up with the script. There is an ugly maliciousness to the rest of it. I gave it to three actors: Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth. The one I know didn’t do this is Tim Roth. One of the others let their agent read it, and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood. I don’t know how these fucking agents work, but I’m not making this next.
Tim Roth, you are safe and need not fear the Wrath of Quentin. Everyone else, gird your motherfucking loins. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misplaced rage happening here, as signs point to Quentin having accidentally sent the thing out in a leakable fashion.
[A] problem is that Tarantino possibly dispersed the script himself, without a watermark that usually prevents someone from secretly dispersing the screenplay. Because of that, this is an unsolvable breach. It would be difficult to prove anyway, because if an agent asked an assistant to copy a script, and that assistant shared it with peers at other agencies, and it suddenly found its way to a blogger, the agent would not even know they’d unwittingly put the screenplay into circulation.
And now, as is the path of all things, that circulation has eventually reached Gawker Media.
If Defamer were a smaller and less financially well-endowed blog, you can bet that the post with the script (a post which is totally still up if you’re jonesing to read the thing) would have been pulled down and many frantic calls would have been made to random friends who know a friend who is maybe a lawyer in California or maybe is still in law school but he could represent you for free and much whiskey would be poured with many shaking hands. But, this is Gawker, with the biggest balls and the deepest pockets, so they are just like “naw mang we are never taking it down. So sue us! Oh look, you did. Whatevs.”
This whole lawsuit is going to be so fucking popcorn-worthy it is almost worth it to have lost a Tarantino movie in the process.