Quentin Tarantino goes to war with Star Wars

The director claims Disney pushed The Hateful Eight out of a prestigious Los Angeles movie theatre

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At heart, Quentin Tarantino is a movie buff. Even more than directing, he loves the mechanics of cinema. That’s why he’s so excited that his new film, The Hateful Eight, will be shown in large format 70mm film. That’s also why he’s so upset about missing out on his spot at the famous Cinerama Dome in LA to Star Wars.

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“It’s a big f*****g deal,” the director said on the Howard Stern show, his voice shaking with emotion, “We were gonna play at the Cinerama Dome on the 25th. We were gonna open there and play there exclusively for two weeks. And Star Wars was gonna play the two weeks before us.” 

Tarantino alleges that Disney decided they wanted the entire holiday season, and pressured the theatre owners Arclight to push out The Hateful Eight. Disney insiders speaking to Deadline dispute this, saying that the film was booked in for the entire run months ago, and Disney has yet to comment on the accusations.

Regardless, Tarantino is angry.

“I grew up in Los Angeles, so I think of the Cinerama Dome as a real big deal and imagine seeing it at the Cinerama Dome… we even start off with the Cinerama logo at the beginning.”

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“They’ve got the biggest movie in the world. We’re talking about one effing theatre. They are going out of their way to f**k me.”