Quentin Tarantino Hit With $100 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has been hit with a $100 million lawsuit over his 2012 film,
The lawsuit against The Weinstein Company and Columbia Pictures, claims that Tarantino’s film infringes on their screenplay Freedom. Oscar Colvin Jr. and Torrrance J. Colvin, the defendants, claim to have written Freedom, described in the lawsuit as a “uniquely original concept” that was taken by Tarantino.
“Before Django Freeman, there was an escaped slave named Jackson Freeman who desired to purchase his family’s freedom from a malevolent plantation owner,” the suit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., reads. “Before Dr. Schultz, there was Samson, another white man, who would assist Mr. Freeman in his efforts to rescue his loved one(s) from slavery.”
The two filmmakers claimed that Tarantino stole every movie he has ever made and calling Tarantino an “admitted thief.” The pair claimed they submitted their movie idea to a talent agency where Tarantino was rumored to have been a possible director.
The suit claims that the Colvins “provided the heart, bones, and muscles to develop the unique idea that eventually would be transformed into Django Unchained,” and that the director simply “took the plot lines and main story of Freedom and Tarantino-ized them.”
The two have not specified an exact figure in terms of damages, but are looking for compensation “in an amount in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars to be proven at trial.”
There has been no comment from Tarantino’s representatives.