10:56am PT by Graeme McMillan
Gawker Wants to Buy Someone's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Script
Can't wait to find out what happens in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
It could be worse: Gawker Media is so impatient to find out what happens to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and the rest of the crew from a galaxy far, far away that it's posted bounty for a copy of a script to the movie.
In a post, staff writer Ashley Feinberg writes that the company is "willing to pay cold, hard cash" for a screenplay to this winter's revival of the space opera franchise. "Yes, only the select few who have sacrificed their firstborn and answered George Lucas’s riddles three to get jobs working on the new movie will have official copies of the script," Feinberg admitted. "But we’re willing to bet it’s already found its way into any number of other hands — including hands that may have recently navigated to this particular post."
The post clarifies that Gawker is "not endorsing acquiring the script by any illegal means," adding, "illegal things are bad!"
Gawker Media might be feeling a little gun shy about the legality of the issue, considering that it's preparing for a court appearance next month concerning its publication of a sex tape featuring wrestler Hulk Hogan, with Gawker CEO Nick Denton estimating a 1-in-10 chance that the company faces financial "disaster" should it lose the case.
Quite what Gawker is willing to pay for a copy of the script — the Gawker.com post asks for a script "from any draft stage" or even a portion thereof — and how it intends to prove the validity of what people are offering remains to be seen, as does what the company would do with a script should it manage to buy one.
Only one thing is for sure: Fans who have worked on convincing fake scripts for the movie for fun have just realized that their hobby could turn out to be far more lucrative than they could've expected.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters Dec. 18.