Director Quentin Tarantino lashed out Wednesday at a "vindictive" Disney, alleging the entertainment conglomerate was "going out of their way" to wreck havoc on his new "Hateful Eight" movie.
Tarantino, who was most recently in headlines for controversial comments made at an anti-police brutality protest in New York City, told Howard Stern he felt Disney was trying to strong-arm his movie out of theaters.
Writer and director Quentin Tarantino attends the UK Premiere of 'Django Unchained' at the Empire Leicester Square on January 10, 2013 in London, England. (Credit: Getty Images)
Tarantino said he had signed a contract with ArcLight Cinemas for the premiere of his movie in Los Angeles, but it was ruined when Disney executives supposedly demanded Star Wars viewings extend through the holiday season. According to Tarantino, if ArcLight didn't comply, Disney threatened to pull the film.
“It was real bad news and it f***ing pissed me off,” Tarantino said. “They have the biggest movie in the world. We’re talking about one theater. They are going out of their way to f*** me.”
“I made a lot of money for the Disney corporation,” Tarantino added. “They don’t need to be this vindictive… They literally threatened the [theater].”
Listen to Tarantino's comments (content warning: strong language):
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