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Tarantino Prepping To Shoot HATEFUL EIGHT, Cast Announced

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Rich Drees

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Now that he has, in his own words, “calmed down” from the leak of the first draft of his screenplay The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino has decided to go ahead and shoot the western after all. Showbiz 411 is reporting that the writer/director is prepping to shoot the film this coming November in Wyoming.

Joining Tarantino on the project will be the complete cast of actors who participated in a stage reading of the screenplay last month – Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walt Goggins, and Zoe Bell.

It was at that reading that we got the first inkling that Tarantino had not given up on the project that he previously stated he was shelving after the screenplay first leaked at the beginning of the year. It was at that event that he stated he was working on a second draft of the screenplay and would probably be taking a third run through it as well.

Tarantino’s lawsuit against Gawker Media for posting a link to the where the screenplay had been uploaded was thrown out of court earlier this month after his legal team legal team had not supplied any evidence that anyone actually clicked on the link in the article and went on to download a copy of the script from that independent website. The judge decreed that since they hadn’t proven that there was no proof that any actual infringement had taken place.

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Tarantino Drops HATEFUL EIGHT Lawsuit

Posted on 08 May 2014 by Rich Drees

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Writer/director Quentin Tarantino has dropped his lawsuit against Gawker Media over their publishing a link to an independent website that had posted a copy of the first draft screenplay for his planned film The Hateful Eight.

The move comes after the federal judge in the case stated on April 23 that he would dismiss the case if Tarantino and his legal team could not provide any more concrete example of copyright abuse that resulted from the Defamer article. Tarantino had until May 1st to amend his complaint. Although he did file an amendment on the deadline, he has now decided to drop the matter altogether.

Tarantino announced he was suing Gawker Media back in January after Defamer reported on the leak of the Hateful Eight screenplay with the sensationalistic headline “Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino ‘Hateful Eight’ Script.” The script first leaked after the writer/director showed it to a small circle of actors he was thinking about casting, soliciting their feedback. That the script had spread beyond that small coterie quickly became the story of the day after Deadline broke the news on January 21.

So what happens now? By Tarantino’s own admission he has been working on a new draft of the screenplay, which certainly suggests that he is thinking about making the film after all. We’ll see.

Via Deadline.

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Judge Dismisses Tarantino’s HATEFUL EIGHT Infringement Suit Against Gawker

Posted on 26 April 2014 by Rich Drees

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A federal judge has agreed to dismiss a lawsuit brought by writer/director Quentin Tarantino against Gawker Media after it published a link to an independent website that had posted a copy of the first draft screenplay for his planned film The Hateful Eight.

John F. Walter of Federal District Court in Los Angeles, ruled Wednesday that Tarantino and his legal crew did not offer any concrete example of copyright abuse that resulted from the Defamer article and therefore had no basis for their claim. In his ruling, Judge Walter stated -

Plaintiff [Tarantino] merely speculates that some direct infringement must have taken place… For example, Plaintiff’s Complaint fails to allege the identity of a single third-party infringer, the date, the time, or the details of a single instance of third-party infringement, or, more importantly, how Defendant [Gawker Media] allegedly caused, induced, or materially contributed to the infringement by those third parties.

Essentially, since Tarantino’s legal team has not supplied any evidence that anyone actually clicked on the link in the Defamer article and that same person went on to download a copy of the script from that independent website, there was no proof that any actual infringement had taken place.

Unfortunately, this does seem to keep the legal status of a link to copyright material being an infringement itself still uncertain. If it were determined that just a link to something infringing counts as infringement itself, it would open up a legal quagmire that could engulf numerous websites including outlets like Google to repercussions that would seriously damage the nature of the internet as it is now.

The judge did gave Tarantino a May 1st deadline to amend their complaint with more evidence to support their claim or else he would complete the dismissal of the case.

Tarantino announced he was suing Gawker Media back in January after Defamer reported on the leak of the Hateful Eight screenplay with the sensationalistic headline “Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino ‘Hateful Eight’ Script.” The script first leaked after the writer/director showed it to a small circle of actors he was thinking about casting, soliciting their feedback. That the script had spread beyond that small coterie quickly became the story of the day after Deadline broke the news on January 21.

Honestly, I would not be surprised if Tarantino didn’t see this coming. He openly admitted last weekend that he was working on rewrites of the script, an odd thing to be doing if one has decided to shelve a project. It remains to be seen if Tarantino and his lawyers will file an amendment by the deadline next week.

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Tarantino May Not Be Finished With THE HATEFUL EIGHT After All

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Rich Drees

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Staged readings of screenplays have become a growing trend in Hollywood, and this weekend may have seen the biggest one yet as writer/director Quentin Tarantino presented a reading of his most recent screenplay The Hateful Eight, which he famously announced in January he would not turn into a film due to it leaking online after he had only shared it with a small circle of select few actors and their agents. Even at $200 a seat, the event was definitely one of the hottest tickets in town, but what was even hotter was the news that the project might not be as dead as previously thought.

During his introduction to the event Tarantino stated that while his cast – which included Tarantino vets such as Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, James Parks, Michael Madsen and Zoe Bell – would be working from that leaked first draft, he has since done some additional work to it.

I’m working on a second draft and I will do a third draft, but we’re reading from the first draft… The Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever.

It certainly sounds from what he is saying here that he has changed his mind on totally shelving the script and moving on to another project. One certainly doesn’t plan further rewrites to a project that has been abandoned. And it should be noted that Tarantino excising one whole section of a screenplay to replace it with another is nothing new to the writer. He famously removed one whole sequence, and a character featured prominently in it, from his initial draft of his revenge epic Kill Bill, replacing it with a different set piece.

Of course, Tarantino is currently suing Gawker over the fact that in their reportage on the script leak the website linked to a site where the script could be found. How this legal drama will play and impact Tarantino’s efforts or continued desire to get the project in front of cameras remains to be seen.

Via Deadline.

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Gawker Responds To Tarantino Lawsuit Over HATEFUL EIGHT Script

Posted on 27 January 2014 by Rich Drees

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Earlier today it was revealed that writer/director Quentin Tarantino was suing online gossip site Gawker over the fact that in their reporting about Tarantino’s shelving of the screenplay for his planned western The Hateful Eight contained a link to an anonymous posting of said script. The website has published a response today, one which I find does not bolster any defense of their actions that they hoped to make.

Gawker writer John Cook defended the site’s original posting by arguing that they have done nothing that Tarantino wouldn’t have wanted done anyway.

Last week—before the publication of the script online but after it had begun circulating in Hollywood—Tarantino loudly turned The Hateful Eight leak into a topic of intense news interest by speaking about it at length to Deadline Hollywood, which had itself obtained a copy. Tarantino’s very public complaints about the leak—which named the six parties (of varying degrees of celebrity and potential culpability) that he believes had access to it—were picked up and amplified afterward by dozens of news sites, including Defamer. It was Tarantino himself who turned his script into a news story, one that garnered him a great deal of attention.

Quentin Tarantino wanted The Hateful Eight to be published on the internet. This is what he told Deadline, in the course of complaining about the then-small-scale leak to some unknown number of reporters and Hollywood types: I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the net. Frankly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it.

Unfortunately, I think Cook has two key points wrong. The first is pointed out by Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr, who broke the initial story, who flatly denies having a copy of the script before he interviewed Tarantino or receiving one since.

The second point, that Tarantino wanted the script online, is taking a quote of the director’s out of context. Tarantino was talking about the final drafts of his screenplays that get leaked just prior to the start of production. Perhaps Tarantino permits such leaks and the resultant discussion because it begins generating interest in that project. But this was a first draft being shopped around to just a few select actors to gain their feedback. Presumably there would be at least one more draft from Tarantino based on the feedback he got from the actors he showed to in order to tailor the part to them. It was certainly not a document that Tarantino was ready to have out in the wild yet.

This is definitely shaping into a lawsuit that could have some far-ranging repercussions. Is the act of posting a link to copyright material a violation in itself, or does there have to be malicious intent involved? We’ll be interested in seeing how this plays out.

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Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Posting Link To Leaked HATEFUL EIGHT Script

Posted on 27 January 2014 by Rich Drees

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If you didn’t believe that Quentin Tarantino was upset about the leaking of the screenplay for his planned western The Hateful Eight, this might change your mind. Deadline is reporting that the director has filed suit against the website Gawker for publishing a link to an online posting of the script. Tarantino announced last week that he was shelving the project after the screenplay was allegedly leaked by one of a small number of people who had access to it.

According to the filing with U.S. District Court, Central District Of California Western Division -

Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s right to make a buck. This time they’ve gone 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. Their headline boasts, ‘Here is the leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script’—here, not someplace else, but ‘here’ on the Gawker website. The article then contains multiple direct links for downloading the entire screenplay through a conveniently anonymous URL by simply clicking button-links on the Gawker page, and brazenly encourages Gawker visitors to read the screenplay illegally with an invitation to `enjoy’ it. There was nothing newsworthy or journalistic about Gawker Media facilitating and encouraging the public’s violation of Plaintiff’s copyright in the screenplay, and its conduct will not shield Gawker Media from liability for their unlawful activity.

The complaint goes on to state that Gawker declined a request from Tarantino’s camp to either take down the complete post or remove the links from the article. As I write this, the Gawker article continues to remain unaltered, but a post at Bad Ass Digest, which used an image of the first page of the screenplay to illustrate that Tarantino intended to shoot the film with 70mm cameras has been altered to remove that image at “lawerly request.” Interestingly, one of the two links that Gawker provided is still active.

It should be noted that no legal action has been forthcoming for whomever originally leaked the screenplay. This story is still playing out I think.

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Tarantino Shelving HATEFUL EIGHT After Script Leaks

Posted on 21 January 2014 by Rich Drees

DjangoTarantinoIf you were looking forward to Quentin Tarantino’s next project, the western The Hateful Eight, then we have some bad news for you. The director is shelving the project after the screenplay was leaked by someone connected to the small number of people he had shared it with.

Speaking with Deadline, Tarantino explained that he decided to cancel the project today after his agent started getting calls from other agents pitching their clients for roles in the film. Roles they couldn’t have known about if it weren’t for an unauthorized leak of 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.

Sounding rather upset, Tarantino was not afraid to name names.

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. 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.

Deadline’s Mike Fleming spoke to sources at CAA the agency that reps Dern, and they claimed that they were not the source of the leak. Of course, that could just be some industrial strength ass-covering going on.

This is not the first time that a Tarantino screenplay has gotten out into the wild. Both Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained made the rounds as the director was getting ready to shoot those films. And they quickly found their ways into the hands of a number of internet film writers. Tarantino doesn’t try and say that he was upset that those screenplays leaked, but he did admit that he preferred the timing of when those were made public.

I am not talking out of both sides of my mouth, because I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the net. Frankly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it. But I gave it to six motherfucking people!

Tarantino is not closing the door entirely on the possibility of making the film, but it will be a while before he can move past the feelings of betrayal in order to do so. In the meantime, he is looking at getting the screenplay published and then moving on to a new project.

I could totally change my mind; I own the fucking thing. But I can tell you, it’s not going to be the next thing I do. It’s my baby, and if the muse calls me later to do it, we’ll do it. I was thinking about the idea of maybe publishing it before I made it, but now that deal happens for sure, and I’m not doing it next.

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Tarantino’s Upcoming Western Gets A Title And Some Hoped For Casting

Posted on 12 January 2014 by Rich Drees

DjangoTarantinoIt was late November when director Quentin Tarantino broke a nearly year-long silence about what his next project would be. Speaking on The Tonight Show to host Jay Leno, he stated that his follow-up to 2012′s Django Unchained would be another western, explaining “I had so much fun doing Django and I love westerns so much, that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK, now let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing.’”

Surprisingly, it has been nearly two months and we have not heard more about the film from the usually verbose director. But the folks over at Deadline have managed to hear a few murmurings that they are happy to divulge.

It seems that the title of Tarantino’s new western is The Hateful Eight. It has a definite western sound to it, recalling the classic Magnificent Seven while at the time same echoing a bit of the exploitation genre that Tarantino has been interested in exploring in his last couple of films. Plus, there’s a bit of internal rhyme to the title that I find pleasing to the ear.

Additionally, the writer/director has reportedly now finished his first draft and is showing it around to a few actors whom he is hoping to convince to star in the project. Deadline is pegging two of those actors as Christoph Waltz and Bruce Dern. Waltz’s name should come as no surprise. The German actor got his first big break with a bravura performance in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and the two paired again with great results with Django Unchained. If the two were content to limit the rest of their careers to just mutual collaborations, I would not be upset at all. Dern is also another interesting, but not entirely unsurprising a choice for Tarantino to make. In addition to having a small role Django, Dern was a mainstay in a number of films from the later 1960s through the 1970s, an era of film that Tarantino is a big fan of. And with Dern getting some Oscar buzz for his work in Nebraska, a role in a film from a director like Tarantino would certainly help continue the revitalization of his career.

We’re still a ways away from shooting beginning on the project. Most probably, Tarantino will do at least one more run through the script, perhaps to tailor it a bit towards any actor who expresses interest in signing on for the film. The Hollywood Reporter is quoting their own insiders that the film may get in front of cameras as early as this summer. I suppose that it will probably be sooner rather than later before we hear again about this film.

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Tarantino’s Next Film Will Be A Western

Posted on 27 November 2013 by Rich Drees

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Just earlier this week, I was thinking that we hadn’t heard much from Quentin Tarantino recently. It has been almost a year since the release of his last film, Django Unchained, and it struck me as a bit odd that we haven’t heard any news on what his next project might be.

The director broke that silence last night on NBC’s The Tonight Show while pimping the release of the graphic novel adaptation of Django Unchained. He revealed that the film he is currently writing will be another western. The video of the reveal is below, but here is the text of what he said –

I can’t talk that much about it, but I will say one thing. I haven’t told anyone about this publicly, but I will say the genre. It’s a western. It’s not a Django sequel, but it’s another Western. I had so much fun doing Django and I love westerns so much, that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like “OK, now let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing.”

Previously, Tarantino has mentioned other projects he had been entertaining doing, such as the story of abolitionist John Brown or a sequel to his Inglorious Basterds which follows a group of black soldiers in World War Two called Killer Crow. However, this sounds more in line with a vague idea he mentioned of a western set in Australia.

Also in the interview, Tarantino touched on how his writing process has changed over the years.

It’s funny, in the last, like, five years, it’s kind of developed into something else. Before, what I would do is, normally if I had to write during the day I’d go out to a restaurant or to a bar, kinda write out in public and get the juices flowing that way. But at home I’d write at home all night long. That kind of changed around the time of Inglourious Basterds.

I started writing at home, starting at around ten in the morning, something like that, and I’d write until five or six or seven, whenever the muses leave you. That would be the work that I did for that day. Then afterwards, I’d go into my pool, and I keep my pool warm. You can take drugs, or you heat your pool — I heat my pool. I kinda soak, I do swim, I do laps, but in this case it’s more soaking. And so what I’m doing is, if I’ve just finished a scene, then I’m thinking about how I can make it better. Or if I’ve finished it, and it’s on to the next thing, then it’s on to what happens next. And I sit there and I think about it, and all these ideas come to me, dialogue, and I kinda work it out a little bit. Then I get out of the pool, and I make notes. But then I don’t do them. The next day, that’s my work.

I am intrigues by what Tarantino says about now knowing what he is doing in regards to making westerns. We’ll be following this one closely.

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Tarantino Explains Why LONE RANGER Is On His ‘Top Ten Of 2013 So Far’ List

Posted on 10 October 2013 by Rich Drees

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Over this past weekend there was a lot of head scratching when it was revealed that this past summer’s flop The Lone Ranger was on director Quentin Tarantino’s list of top his top ten films of the year so far. Was there some unique point that the director saw that made him place it on his “Best Of” list while so many others were planning on placing it on their “Worst Of” lists.

The director explained his choice to Les Inrockuptibles (via The Playlist) and it turns out it wasn’t some great or unusual insight into the film that lead to his placement of the film on his list. He just kind of liked it.

The first forty-five minutes are excellent…the next forty-five minutes are a little soporific. It was a bad idea to split the bad guys in two groups; it takes hours to explain and nobody cares. Then comes the train scene—incredible! When I saw it, I kept thinking, ‘What, that’s the film that everybody says is crap? Seriously?’

That being said, I still have a little problem with the film. I like Tonto’s backstory—the idea that his tribe got slaughtered because of him; that’s a real comic-book thing. But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth. The Indians have really been victims of a genocide. So slaughtering them again in an entertaining movie, Buster Keaton style… That ruined the fun a bit for me. I simply found it…ugly. Making fun of this, when America really did it, it bothered me…That doesn’t stop it from being a good film but they could have done without that.

Before you jump to point it out, Tarantino is well aware that he himself has recently taken something ugly from American history and used it in his own film, Django Unchained.

I didn’t make Lone Ranger…that’s two different things. I did an examination of America. I tried to juggle with different things and, frankly, I think I did it better than them,” he said. “I don’t know, let’s just say that it was ugly. And violent. And boring. And it happens right in the middle of the film’s bad part, anyway. [laughs]

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