Los Angeles (AFP) – “Pulp Fiction” director Quentin Tarantino has sued gossip website Gawker, seeking at least $2 million over the publication of a leaked screenplay for what was to be his latest movie.
Tarantino, who announced last week that he had scrapped plans to film “The Hateful Eight” as his next project, accused Gawker of “predatory journalism” over the 146-page screenplay, posted anonymously online at a location which Gawker pointed its readers to.
“This action is necessitated by Gawker Media’s and the other defendants’ blatant copyright infringement by their promotion and dissemination of unauthorized downloadable copies of the leaked unreleased complete screenplay,” said the lawsuit.
“Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck. This time they went too far,” added the legal document filed in the federal court in California, emailed to AFP by Tarantino lawyer Evan Spiegel.
The lawsuit cited Gawker Media and ANONFILES.COM, the anonymous website where the screenplay was posted.
But Gawker responded by saying that it did not leak the screenplay, but simply pointed out where it was posted online — and accused Tarantino of deliberately turning the leak into a story.
The “Reservoir Dogs” and “Django Unchained” filmmaker went on the warpath last week, telling Deadline.com that he believes the screenplay was leaked by someone linked to only six people with whom he shared the screenplay.
“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 said last Tuesday.