Star Wars: The Force Awakens will release nationwide on December 18, and although the hype and excitement surrounding the release of the movie has been unparalleled, there is one person who can't quite bring himself to enjoy the celebration – Quentin Tarantino.
During an interview on the 'Howard Stern Show' on Wednesday, the Oscar-winning director accused Disney of alleged "extortionist practices."
Here's what happened...
Tarantino, sounding clearly upset, explains:
"We were gonna play at the Cinerama Dome on the 25th. We were gonna open there and play there exclusively for two weeks. And Star Wars was gonna play the two weeks before us.
So the thing about it was, Disney, who owns Star Wars, decided, 'Well, you know what? Maybe we wanna play throughout the entire holiday season. So we’re gonna go to the Cinerama Dome and say that they can’t honor their contract with us to show the Hateful Eight.'"
Disney Has a Strong Arm
He goes on to clarify that when ArcLight (who organizes scheduling at cinemas across LA) resisted due to contractual obligations with The Hateful Eight, that Disney "threatened" the theater with an ultimatum...
"No, you are going to play Star Wars in the Cinerama Dome for the entire holiday season, and if you don’t, if you honor your deal with The Hateful Eight, we will not allow you to have Star Wars, the biggest movie in the world, we will not allow you to show it at any of your Arclight movie theaters."
Angrily, the writer/director goes on:
"They’ve got the biggest movie in the world. We’re talking about one effing theater […] they are going out of their way to fuck me!
It’s vindictive, it’s mean, and it’s extortion."
Call to Action
The show host, Howard Stern, seemed shocked and empathetic to the director's situation and went so far as to suggest that "this is going to get fixed."
Stern assures Tarantino that the director of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens, J.J. Abrams, is a huge fan of the show and that he will take action:
"I guarantee you, J.J.'s going to hear about this, he's going to call up his Disney partners and he's going to get that situation reversed."
"This situation is going to get fixed."
Stern then goes on to address Disney CEO Bob Iger who is a "religious listener" to the show.
“Bobby, be a gracious man. I want Quentin to show this new movie. He’s worked his ass off.
It’s Christmas for Christ’s sake.”
The interview ended with Tarantino inviting reporters to approach Disney on the matter for comments:
"As far I'm concerned, let all the entertainment reporters call up Disney and ask for their comments on their extortionist practices,"
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will undoubtedly break box office records for sales and revenue, so it seems like an abuse of power for Disney to persuade ArcLight to break a contract with The Hateful Eight over one cinema in LA.
Hopefully Stern's call to action on the show will encourage the Disney executives responsible for the play to rethink their hateful decision and allow Tarantino's contract to be honored. Disney have yet to respond to the allegations but we will keep you updated when they do.
The Hateful Eight is officially due to hit theaters on January 1, 2016.