Three leading cinema chains have dropped Quentin Tarantino’s new movie The Hateful Eight after a disagreement with the film’s distributor.
Cineworld, its subsidiary Picturehouse and Curzon – which between them own over 135 cinemas – will not be screening the Western, which stars Samuel L Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kurt Russell.
Distributor Entertainment Film said they had made a deal for Odeon to screen the film exclusively in the West End, an agreement Cineworld and Curzon objected to.
“Due to the special facilities required for the unique 70mm Ultra Panavision presentation we needed the largest theatre and screen possible in the West End and the Odeon Leicester Square was the natural choice,” their statement reads.
“The technical elements and costs involved with this special presentation meant that this would need to be the exclusive West End venue.
“Cineworld had every opportunity to book the film in their other cinemas across the country on the same basis as other exhibitors and declined to do so. This is despite the fact that there is no dispute over the financial terms for this release.”
Cineworld confirmed they would not be showing the film, stating: “Unfortunately we were not able to reach an agreement with the movie’s distributor.”
Meanwhile, Curzon took to Twitter to reveal it was with “deep regret” that they would not make the film available in their cinemas.
We love a Quentin Tarantino movie but it is with great regret that we will not be showing The Hateful Eight from Friday 8 January. (1/2)— Curzon (@CurzonCinemas) January 5, 2016
On this occasion, the distributor has chosen to screen the film only in 70mm in the West End and in selected venues nationwide. (2/2)— Curzon (@CurzonCinemas) January 5, 2016