While fans around the country prepare to watch the first screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens tonight, Quentin Tarantino and Disney appear to be in their own little war. The legendary filmmaker went on the Howard Stern show earlier this week to talk about his upcoming film, The Hateful Eight.
He revealed that he received some terrible news on Monday. His film won’t be playing at the L.A. Cinerama Dome on Christmas like he thought it would. Instead, the new Star Wars movie will play at the theater through the holiday season.
The director claims he had a contract with ArcLight, the cinema’s owners, but Disney forced the chain to break the contract by threatening to pull Star Wars from every ArcLight location, which would obviously be a disaster. It’s something they just can’t afford to do, so they were forced to push Quentin’s movie out of the Cinerama Dome. This is a big deal to Tarantino because the theater means a lot to him. The Cinerama logo even appears in the opening credits of The Hateful Eight.
Tarantino told Stern, “They are going out of their way to f— me. It’s vindictive, it’s mean, and it’s extortion.” You can watch his full rant in the video below.
We should note that it appears he might have been confused. Maybe he received wrong information, because sources claim Disney secured the spot months ago and they were always going to play through the holidays. And Deadline reports that fans had an option to buy holiday tickets for Star Wars at the Dome when they first went on sale back in October.
Either way, it would be nice if Disney allowed Tarantino to have the spot after this week is up. Star Wars doesn’t need this one venue for more than two weeks. It’s clear this is important to Tarantino. You can see just how emotional he gets in the video.