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.