Quentin Tarantino has a bone to pick with Disney. As reported by HitFix earlier today and as heard on “The Howard Stern” show this morning, the director of “The Hateful Eight” has called out Disney for its “extortionist practices” that are threatening planned screenings of Tarantino’s latest at the Hollywood’s famed Cinerama Dome. The location is one of the preeminent theaters for showing 70mm film, making it vital to the roadshow release of “The Hateful Eight.”
According to Tarantino, Disney has bullied the ArcLight theater into going back on its contract to show Tarantino’s latest in the Cinerama Dome so that its mega-blockbuster, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” can play throughout the holiday season.
Originally slated for a December 25 release at the Cinerama Dome, “The Hateful Eight” was set to take the screen over from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opens this week. But according to Tarantino, Disney threatened to prohibit “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from playing at any ArcLight cinemas nationwide if their demands were not met regarding the Cinerama Dome. Carefully distinguishing between the Disney people and the “Star Wars” people, an audibly angry Tarantino said, “It’s vindictive, it’s mean and it’s extortion. They literally threatened the ArcLight to do this.”
Noting that “Star Wars” is playing a mile away at Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater and that “The Hateful Eight” even starts with the Cinerama logo, Tarantino said, “They’ve got the biggest movie in the world. We’re talking about one effing theater.” The news is another setback ahead of the highly anticipated theatrical rollout of “The Hateful Eight,” which has already seen a 70mm press screening go awry and the number of 70mm roadshow theaters cut in half.
“The Hateful Eight” will open in 70mm in select theaters on Christmas Day, before a nationwide release on December 31. Tickets for the 70mm roadshow showings are now available. Listen to Quentin Tarantino’s entire conversation with Howard Stern about his beef with Disney here.