Quentin Tarantino is not backing down from his Hateful Eight lawsuit against Gawker. Though the filmmaker’s initial claim — that the website illegally promoted a leaked copy of his screenplay — was dismissed in late April, he’s taken advantage of the judge’s ruling and filed an amended complaint. Judge John F. Walter of the U.S. District Court in California determined that Tarantino failed to prove direct infringement and had no case, but left the door slightly ajar for Tarantino, giving his attorneys until May 1 to amend and refile the secondary claim for contributory infringement.
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A U.S. District Court judge in California dealt a blow to Quentin Tarantino’s case against Gawker for promoting a leaked online copy of his script for The Hateful Eight. The Honorable John F. Walter ruled on April 22 that Tarantino “has failed to adequately plead facts establishing direct infringement by a third party or facts that would demonstrate [Gawker] either caused, induced, or materially contributed to the alleged direct infringement of those third party infringers.”
Tarantino had planned to make The Hateful Eight his next film, but the director angrily vowed to abandon the project after a script leaked online in January. Gawker was one of multiple web sites that covered the news and linked to the leaked screenplay, and Tarantino sued the site for copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. In court papers courtesy of Deadline, Walter ruled that Tarantino failed to “allege a single act of direct infringement committed by any member of the general public that would support Plaintiff’s claim for contributory infringement. Instead, Plaintiff merely speculates that some direct infringement must have taken place.”
The court left the door slightly open for Tarantino, giving his attorneys until May 1 to amend and refile the secondary claim for contributory infringement against Gawker.
The Hateful Eight isn’t dead after all.
Quentin Tarantino vowed to kill the project – a Wyoming-set, post-Civil War western — when the script was leaked in January.
“I’m going to publish it [as a book], and that’s it for now,” the director said at the time. “I give [the script] out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”
But at an all-star reading of The Hateful Eight script on Saturday, the director admitted things had changed. READ FULL STORY
Quentin Tarantino is out for revenge — no kidding this time.
The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained has filed a contributory copyright infringement lawsuit against Gawker Media for publishing his script for the planned Western The Hateful Eight, a project he says he has now shelved because of the leak.
The lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court states: “Jury trial demanded.”
Were you stoked to see Bruce Dern scowl his way through Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western The Hateful Eight? Bad news, hombre: A source close to Tarantino confirms that after learning that the film’s screenplay has leaked, Tarantino has decided to shelve the project.
The Oscar-winning writer/director tells Deadline that he found out about the leak when his agent, Mike Simpson, started to get calls from other agents who wanted to pitch their own clients for Hateful Eight roles. And though it’s unclear exactly how the script got out, Tarantino has a few ideas: According to that same Deadline interview, Tarantino gave The Hateful Eight‘s script to “six people,” including “three motherf—ing” actors — specifically Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Tim Roth, all of whom have appeared in previous Tarantino projects. He believes that either Madsen or Dern then passed the script to his agent, “and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood.”
“I don’t know how these f—ing agents work, but I’m not making this next,” Tarantino continued. “I’m going to publish it [as a book], and that’s it for now. I give it out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”
Reps for Roth, Madsen, and Dern haven’t yet responded to EW’s requests for comment.
Bruce Dern has confirmed that he spoke with Quentin Tarantino about the possibility of appearing in the director’s next movie. “We had a conversation,” said Dern, who yesterday received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as delusional alcoholic Woody Grant in the film Nebraska. “I mean, he hasn’t hired me yet or anything. But we had a conversation about the material, yes we did.”
Django Unchained became Django Unscreened on Thursday as Quentin Tarantino’s violent slave-revenge saga was pulled from Chinese theaters on its opening day, with the importer blaming an unspecified technical problem.
The rare suspension order by China Film Group Corp. was confirmed by theater employees throughout China, and has led to speculation that the Hollywood film could have run afoul of Chinese censors despite weeks of promotion in the country.
Calls to the importer and to China’s regulatory agency, the State Administration of Radio Film and Television, were unanswered. The China office of Sony Pictures, which released the film, refused to comment.
Django Unchained reportedly cut some violent scenes and had already been cleared by China’s rigorous censors, who generally remove violence, sex and politically edgy content. With such an exacting system, suspension on a film’s premiere date is unusual. READ FULL STORY
When Quentin Tarantino’s western revenge-fantasy Django Unchained was first announced, casting rumors pegged Will Smith as the titular slave-turned-vigilante. But Smith, who teams with his son Jaden in this summer’s sci-fi epic After Earth, tells EW that he turned down the part because his character would’ve been second fiddle to the bounty hunter (played by Christoph Waltz) who teaches Django his trade . “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” says the Men in Black star, whose departure opened the door for Jamie Foxx to play the role.
Smith says that before he left the project, he even pleaded with Tarantino to let Django have a more central role in the story. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’” (Ironically, Waltz was considered a supporting actor during his Oscar-winning award season, while Jamie Foxx was promoted as the movie’s lead.)
But no hard feelings: Smith was a big fan of the final product. “I thought it was brilliant,” he says. “Just not for me.”
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Just two months ago famed composer Ennio Morricone presented Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino with a lifetime achievement award in Rome. But last week, American outlets picked up on a small story in the Italian press where Morricone had allegedly told a group of students at Rome’s LUISS University that he did not care to work with Tarantino again, and that he was unhappy with how he used his song “Ancora Qui” in Django Unchained.
Known for his Spaghetti Western scores for Sergio Leone, and his work on films such as Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Morricone has gained modern prominence through Quentin Tarantino’s reappropriation of his songs in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, Inglorious Basterds, and Django Unchained. Everyone was quick to jump on a portion of Morricone’s lecture, but Morricone was addressing a group of television and film students in Italy. He was not crafting remarks intended for a national audience – and certainly not trying wage a media war of words with Tarantino. Not only that, he says his remarks were taken out of context.
Click past the jump to find out what Morricone really meant.
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