Despite seemingly everyone getting on the Star Wars hype-train, one director isn’t quite as happy with Disney.
Quentin Tarantino was on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show and told him that Disney was “going out of their way to fuck me”. Specifically, he’s annoyed that his new movie The Hateful Eight won’t get to play in regular rotation at Hollywood’s iconic Cinerama Dome, currently operated by ArcLight Cinemas, where the movie’s premiere was held.
Apparently, the director had a deal in place for the movie to start running at the cultural landmark from Christmas Day. That would be a week after the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens (which premiered yesterday), opens worldwide. But now, Tarantino says Disney is threatening to pull its record-smashing blockbuster from all ArcLight’s other theatres if The Hateful Eight is given the Cinerama Dome spot.
Although it seems like a very small issue, it’s not to the director. He adores Arclight Cinemas, especially this specific theatre, and The Hateful Eight apparently even features its logo in its opening credits. Disney’s block of his ambitions has made the director, who indirectly worked for the company once, through his Miramax films, angry, saying: “It’s vindictive, it’s mean and it’s extortion.”