Looks like Django Unchained might be Quentin Tarantino’s most expensive film ever…
According to The Wrap, two filmmakers are suing the director for copyright infringement, claiming the 2012 film is a copy of their screenplay, Freedom.
Oscar Colvin Jr. and Torrance J. Colvin say they submitted their screenplay to a talent agency, and Tarantino was suggested as a possible director. The lawsuit claims that he then ‘took the plot lines and main story of Freedom and Tarantino-ized them,’ and that the Colvins ‘provided the heart, bones, and muscles to develop the unique idea that eventually would be transformed into Django Unchained‘.
It also describes Tarantino as a self-described ‘thief’, quoting him as saying: “I steal from every single movie ever made.”
The director has admitted he used several other films as direct sources of inspiration, including Sergio Corbucci’s Django.
The Colvins claim Django Unchained has ‘far more similarities’ with Freedom, The Verge reported, and they’re looking for compensation ‘in an amount in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars to be proven at trial.’