The group responsible for leaking The Hateful Eight before its cinematic release have issued a sort of, "sorry, not sorry" apology by claiming they have actually helped the movie by creating a "hype" around it for free. So, essentially, it appears Tarantino should be thanking them!
The Hateful Eight (trailer above) isn't the first film to be leaked by Hive-CM8; they've previously prematurely unleashed Spectre and The Big Short into the Internet wilderness.
In their statement, the group claim the films were provided by "a guy on the street," denying any involvement with a direct hacking of the film.
"We Never Intended to Hurt Anyone"
Perhaps the group have a soft-spot for Tarantino, because they did show some remorse over his latest flick specifically. The statement (which you can read in full on The Hollywood Reporter) read:
We feel sorry for the trouble we caused by releasing that great movie before cinedate even has begun. we never intended to hurt anyone by doing that, we didn't know it would get that popular that quickly.
Providing a national service wasn't all the group believe they have achieved. They also claim that by creating a "hype" around the release, it'll actually increase the amount of people who will end up watching the film in the cinema. They said:
We actually think this has created a new type of media hype that is more present in the news, radio and in the papers than starwars, and the promotional costs for this were free.
We really hope this helped out the producers in the longrun, so that the production costs are covered and more.
I think it's fair to say movie producers will probably have a slightly different opinion to that of the piracy group.
"Tarantino At His Best"
As if Tarantino wouldn't already be delighted by the support and free publicity the group have provided, they also included a stellar review, claiming the film is "Tarantino at his best."
Hive-CM8 finished by claiming they won't release another movie before its cinematic release, because that is clearly a little too naughty. Although originally planning to release up to 40 films, the group will now reduce that number.
Leaked Scripts and Extortion
Although no stranger to controversy, the release of Tarantino's Western has been particularly turbulent.
In January 2014 the script was leaked, which almost led to the Pulp Fiction director canceling the film entirely and Tarantino claiming it was a "personal betrayal."
This year has also seen more issues. After he protested against police brutality in October, many police unions called for a boycott of his movies.
And, while talking on the Howard Stern show in December, he claimed the actions of Disney were "vindictive," "mean" and "extortion" due to them putting pressure on Hollywood's Cinerama Dome to show Star Wars continuously through the holiday period. This was despite a contractual agreement for The Hateful Eight to be shown.
Let's hope all the hardship was worthwhile following the 2016 Oscars on February 28, for which the film has been tipped to win Academy Awards. Chin up, Quentin!
'The Hateful Eight' is in cinemas now and I urge you to watch it (in the cinema, of course!).
Source: The Hollywood Reporter