Judge says he failed to establish actual infringement, which was obvious from the start. Hopefully QT just drops it and moves on. If not, lets hope that next time he sues the people actually responsible for leaking the script, not just a website that did the equivalent of “hey look, somebody leaked the script”.
Don’t close the book on the Hateful Eight being made into a film just yet. Tarantino staged some live script readings with Samuel L. Jackson, Walt Goggins and Bruce Dern.
Film Independent Presents the World Premiere of a Staged Reading by Quentin Tarantino: The Hateful Eight, as it was formally titled, also revealed that the big-screen version might not be as shelved as the director first told my colleague Mike Fleming Jr. on January 21. “I’m working on a second draft and I will do a third draft, but we’re reading from the first draft,” Tarantino, wearing a black Stetson and red ribbed cowboy shirt, said to the 1,200 patrons in the almost SRO theater before the performance started. (The well-heeled crowd included longtime Tarantino producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein.) “The Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever.”
Oh, boy – here goes Harvey Weinstein talking about… The Hateful Eight:
It just so unnerves me that people think they can take a script…and put it on the Internet,” he said. “It is just crazy that we are not protecting ourselves as writers, producers and artists. It is just crazy that the public has some weird concept that they can just take this stuff.”
He said that the industry marketing machine should be able to come up with message of “what a lousy thing it is to do, how uncool it is” and “explain this to these kids who are doing this and proud of it.”
Go check the article to see his solution. Hint – he won’t have to do anything, he’s gonna have Google take care of it all.
And then there’s this mess about Hillary Clinton & Benghazi:
“There’s nothing to it,” he said of Benghazi. “I mean, there’s a lot to it, but there’s nothing to what these guys are saying. ‘Hilary Clinton didn’t answer her phone and that is how Americans died,’ that’s complete bullshit. It sounds good, but I don’t believe the guys who are saying it believe it.”
Hey Harvey. Here’s why its important – and especially to a filmmaker. Hillary Clinton got on TV – actually made commercials to air in other countries and blamed the instigation of the attack on an American citizen – a filmmaker. She/they did this for over a week despite knowing within 24 hours that it was a planned attack and not just some rowdy protesters that got out of hand. They blamed a filmmaker. I suppose the next time we have a Republican President it’ll be perfectly OK with Harvey if they stand up and blame a terror attack on one of his films – then throw him in jail.
Sam Jackson is always an interesting interview.
An interesting theory about character duplication in Tarantino’s films in the comments at io9 by Spangarang
I’ve always imagined that Jimmy (QT’s character) from Pulp Fiction is the same guy as Mr. Brown in Reservoir Dogs. Also, I think Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) is the same character as the Buddy Holly waiter in Pulp Fiction. He’s so paranoid about people knowing who he really is, he vehemently objects to tipping in the diner lest anyone find out he’s actually a waiter himself.
Perhaps rethinking not making the film.
The lawsuit was a terrible idea.
A legal analysis of Tarantino’s lawsuit against a Gawker.
I read the Complaint. All Gawker did was promote the fact that it had links to others on the internet who had the script. That seems like a tough claim of copyright liability, but hey, presumably the plaintiffs’ lawyers did the reasearch and think they have a legal claim. But still, just linking to others creates a copyright liability? Yikes, if that’s true.
Doubtful that claim will hold up.
Its getting ugly now. Tarantino is suing Gawker over Hateful Eight script leak.
This isn’t going to be good for anybody. I’ve already seen lots of folks very unsympathetic to QT given how many of his previous scripts have hit the internet. This leak is earlier, but thats a distinction lost on most folks.
Just what the internet needed – a re-make of the final scene of Reservoir Dogs by guys dressed as food. Well played.