Published On: Thu, Nov 6th, 2014

The Weinstein Co Determined to Block Leaks of New Tarantino Script

Hateful 8

The Weinstein Company is playing it safe with Quentin Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight. According to The Hollywood reporter, potential buyers for the film’s foreign distribution rights will be required to make an appointment to read the script at the movie company’s offices.

This was done after an early version of Tarantino’s script for the movie was leaked, causing the Oscar winning writer/director to temporarily shelve plans for the project.

Since the advent of the World Wide Web, leaks of screenplays have become almost standard. 1994’s Star Trek Generations saw its script released on line even before the advent of the web.

To prevent such acts of larceny, studios have gone to great lengths, such as printing scripts in white on yellow or black paper so that they cannot be photocopied. But with advanced scanning technology and the ability to hack just about anyone to steal all sorts of computer files where copies of screenplays must all be written these days, it is harder for movie makers to protect their secrets.

The producers of the upcoming Star Wars sequels worked hard to keep the filming of the next movie a secret.

So what may seem to be paranoia on the part of the Weinsteins is actually a quite practical policy. Only invitees will have the opportunity to get anywhere near the revised script.

Due out in 2015, The Hateful Eight is a post Civil War Western set in Wyoming. The plot follows a group of strangers, including bounty hunters and former soldiers, who get caught inside a hotel during a blizzard.

It stars Samuel Jackson and Kurt Russell. Fans of Tarantino’s earlier films will be happy to see the return of actors who appeared in many of his other films like Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and James Parks.

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