By Travis Martin
“Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” is about to hit theaters, but not everyone is pleased with its release.
Quintin Tarantino, the director of the upcoming western “The Hateful Eight ,” told Howard Stern on his radio show that Disney has forced Cinerama Dome, Tarantino’s favorite independent LA theater, to run “Force Awakens” over his intended movie schedule time on December 25. Tarantino also claims that Cinerama Dome‘s owner, ArcLight, was forced by Disney to extend the run on “Star Wars” from two weeks into four weeks, cutting out “Hateful Eight” time in Cinerama Dome. When ArcLight refused, Disney supposedly threatened to cut off “Star Wars” from all AcrLight theaters.
“It was real bad news and it really f***ing pissed me off,” Tarantino told Stern. “They are going out of their way to f**k me. Disney said: If you honor your deal with ‘Hateful Eight,’ we will not allow you to show ‘Star Wars’-the biggest movie in the world-in any of your theaters.”
Let me make this clear: I am super excited to see “Star Wars,” and it is going to probably be the biggest film of the year. However, there is no need to do this, Disney. Tarantino has the same rights to Cinerama as much as you do, and Tarantino is doing something special with the Cinerama. He is playing his film on actual 70 mm film projectors that Cinerama set up, making it into and old Hollywood event.
Disney, it’s one theater, let Tarantino play his film.
“The Hateful Eight” is distributed by the Weinstein Company and will release Christmas Day.