Quentin Tarantino is mad at Disney for manipulating theaters for playing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens over extended weeks damaging Hateful Eight screenings in the process.
When you have vowed to make only ten movies in your career and the eighth one is out, you definitely fight for it. Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight was already facing some trouble with the police community in the U.S. Now he has to put up with Disney business slurs as well.
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According to Quentin, Disney has gone out of its way to fuck him. In an interview with Howard Stern, Tarantino recounted that his movie Hateful Eight was scheduled to screen in at Hollywood's famed Cinerama Dome starting from December 24th.
ArcLight Cinemas, owners of the Dome had a binding contract with Quentin for the screening of his movie. According to Quentin, the company was keen on keeping their word on the contract and that was obstructing Disney’s plan to screen Star Wars throughout the holidays. He said that Disney threatened ArcLight that they would pull Star Wars from all of ArcLight’s theatres in the U.S.
Quentin called Disney’s actions vindictive, mean, and extortion. Howard pointed out that they did not have any Disney representative to tell their side of the story but maybe Tarantino’s pal J.J. Abrams could play a part in resolving the dispute.
Tarantino was quick to point out that J.J. was a good friend of his and he had no problem with him or any of the Star Wars people. It was purely Disney and its administration that were to blame for these practices and unfairness.
Howard at this point gave a shout out to his pal at Disney and his avid listener, Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company if he could resolve this issue at hand. He said that Disney had Star Wars.
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Why would they need to push Tarantino’s movie out. It was not like Hateful Eight posed any threat to the Star Wars franchise. As Tarantino pointed out, he had at one point made money for Disney when Miramax was under Disney. Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill volumes earned the big bucks for Disney as well as for him.