There’s at least one person not feeling the ‘Star Wars’ hype. Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino blasted Disney on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ over what he called an act of Extortion.
So why is he so upset with the ‘House of Mouse?’ Tarantino clams that Disney strong-armed Arclight Cinemas into pushing out the 70mm Christmas screenings of Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ at the famed Cinerama Dome in Hollywood in favor of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ He claims that Disney threatened to pull ‘Star Wars’ from Arclight’s other theaters if they couldn’t have The Dome for the holidays. This decision seems especially unnecessary when you consider that there are several other theaters close to Cinerama Dome screening ‘Star Wars,’ including the equally famed Chinese Theater and Disney’s own El Capitan. It’s easy to see why this would bother Tarantino so much. He has a lot of love and respect for Arclight Cinemas and that theater specifically. He held the ‘Hateful Eight’ premier there and the Cinerama logo appears in the opening credits of the film.
Howard Stern told Tarantino that he believes ‘Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams will step in and fix the issue. He also noted that Disney CEO Bob Iger is a longtime listener of his and he went on to directly address Iger.
“Listen Bob, I don’t give a s*** about this theater. Quentin’s a weirdo, sorry Quentin. They’ve got the stupid 70 mm. They got all that s*** that he cares about. He just wants to show his goddamn movie there. You’re sitting on top of the world. You’ve got ‘Star Wars.’ What, do you need this? Bobby, be a gracious man. I want Quentin to show this new movie. He’s worked his a** off. He wants the equipment. Hatefully, would you do it for me? It’s Christmas for Christ’s sake.”
Tarantino also pointed out that he had made Disney quite a bit of money back when they owned Miramax and put out his two ‘Kill Bill’ films as well as ‘Pulp Fiction,’ which between them grossed over 500 million.
You can listen to the whole interview here: