Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino blasted Disney Productions Wednesday, claiming that the media giant was sabotaging the director’s latest project, “Hateful Eight.”
Tarantino told talk radio host Howard Stern that he’d signed a contract with ArcLight Cinemas to host the Los Angeles premiere of the film at the Cinerama Dome to run for two weeks beginning Christmas day.
But Disney executives allegedly stepped in and demanded that the new “Star Wars” motion picture extend through the holiday season. According to Tarantino, if ArcLight didn’t comply, Disney threatened to not allow ArcLight to show “Star Wars” at any of its theaters.
“It was real bad news and it f***ing pissed me off,” Tarantino said. “They have the biggest movie in the world. We’re talking about one theater. They are going out of their way to f*** me.”
Tarantino said Disney’s action was “vindictive, it’s mean, and it’s extortion.” He also said that his previous films generated profits for Disney subsidiaries.
“I made a lot of money for the Disney corporation,” Tarantino added. “They don’t need to be this vindictive… They literally threatened the [theater].”
Listen to the audio, via “The Howard Stern” show. Story continues after audio clip.
WARNING: Strong language.
One Twitter user questioned Tarantino’s decision to run his film opposite a blockbuster like “Star Wars.”
— Damon Crane (@damoncrane) December 17, 2015
Most people sided with Disney on this one.
@Variety They rejected his script for “Snow White and the Hateful Seven.”
— Jeffrey Jon Smith (@jeffreyjonsmith) December 17, 2015
The last group Tarantino was miffed at were law enforcement officers, and he referred to them as “murders” in New York City, mere days after a black NYPD officer was shot and killed.
A real class act, Tarantino.
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