The Hateful Eight may be a hit with audiences and critics, but Quentin Tarantino’s other Western epic Django Unchained might be in some serious trouble.
TheWrap reports that screenwriting duo Oscar Colvin Jr. and Torrance J. Colvin have filed copyright infringement against Tarantino, who they claim ripped off Django Unchained from their screenplay Freedom. “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 on Christmas Eve, states.”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 suit also claims that Torrance turned the screenplay over to the William Morris Agency, who brought up Tarantino as a possible director. The Colvins seek unspecified damages in the “hundreds of millions of dollars.” No comment from Tarantino or anyone in his camp, but stay tuned for more info.