Quentin Tarantino hates Disney. He feels betrayed by the company he's made millions of dollars for in the past. And he's now vowed never to work for the studio in any capacity ever again. Why is the director of such classics as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction so upset with the Mouse House? It all has to do with Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Quentin Tarantino doesn't have any kind of beef with director J.J. Abrams, or the movie itself. When the iconic filmmaker was set to open his latest revenge Western The Hateful Eight in 70mm this past Christmas, he planned to show the movie in the legendary Cinerama Dome, which is now part of Arc Light theaters in Hollywood. But Disney took over the theater, and used it instead to screen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Quentin Tarantino felt the move was done intentionally, and is holding a grudge.
It's been almost two months since Quentin Tarantino first fumed about this on Howard Stern's XM radio show. But he's still angry. And it doesn't look like he'll be getting over this anytime soon. The Hateful Eight 70mm Roadshow was being used as a big selling point for the movie. It was intended to get distributors and audiences once again interested in the large film format. And he targeted the Cinerama Dome as a centerpiece location for the exhibition, as the theater, which was opened in 1963, was build for the sole purpose of presenting widescreen Cinerama films.
Throughout the country, Tarantino traveled, helping to install several 70mm projectors himself. But the Cinerama theater already had its 70mm projector long-in place. It seemed like a no brainer that The Hateful Eight would be exhibited there. But Disney reportedly strong-armed the Arc Light theater, threatening to pull Star Wars: The Force Awakens from all their screens if they did not comply with showing it in the Cinerama Dome. When asked by NYDailyNews.com if the director had made peace with Disney, he made it very clear that he most certainly has not.
"No, they fucked me over. I would never work (with Disney) in any way, shape or form after what they did to me. They fucked me over, and I made them a lot of money for Pulp Fiction, and that really is a bad way to treat a former employee who has worked very well for them."
Miramax, who distributed Pulp Fiction back in 1994, was owned by Disney at the time. While Quentin Tarantino says he had an agreement with Arc Light to show The Hateful Eight in the Cinerama Dome, he claims Disney threatened to boycott the theater chain if they did not abide by the studios wishes. Since the original claim, there has been some evidence that the filmmaker's statement may not be entirely true. And part of his lingering resentment may stem from the fact that The Hateful Eight did not perform as well as expected at the box office.
Some fans had hoped that Quentin Tarantino may one day direct a Marvel superhero movie. But that sounds impossible now. While promoting The Hateful Eight, the director did reveal he once almost directed a Luke Cage movie. This was before Disney won back the rights and turned the title into a Netflix series. At the time, Quentin Tarantino instead decided to do Pulp Fiction. And it probably turned out for the better. Directing a superhero movie isn't out of the realm of possibility for Quentin Tarantino. But he boldly states, "If I wanted to do something like that, I'd want to create the superhero myself." What do you think? Disappointed that we'll never see a Quentin Tarantino directed Star Wars movie?