Tarantino faces copyright infringement suit over Django Unchained

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2015 11:45 IST
A poster of Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has been named in a law suit that alleges the premise of 2012 hit Django Unchained was lifted from a script called Freedom. Tarantino, who has been named in the copyright infringement lawsuit alongside bosses at The Weinstein Company and Columbia Pictures, might be facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit over the issue.

Variety reported that the Pulp Fiction filmmaker allegedly stole the premise of the 2012 film from the script written by Oscar Colvin, Jr and Torrance J Colvin. “Before Django Freeman (Jamie Foxx’s character), there was an escaped slave named Jackson Freeman who desired to purchase his family’s freedom from a malevolent plantation owner,” reads the court papers, filed in a federal court in Washington, DC.

Jamie Foxx in a still from Django Unchained. (Youtube grab)

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“Before Dr Schultz (Christoph Waltz’s character), there was Samson, another white man, who would assist Mr Freeman in his efforts to rescue his loved one(s) from slavery.” They also branded Tarantino an “admitted thief”, quoting him as stating, “I steal from every single movie ever made.”

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Tarantino, who claims to have made Django Unchained as a tribute to Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 Italian film Django, is yet to comment on the lawsuit.

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