Quentin Tarantino accused Disney of “extortionist” and “totalitarian” practices in pushing his movie, The Hateful Eight, out of one of Los Angeles’ premiere movie venues so that Star Wars: The Force Awakens can play instead. J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi blockbuster opens Friday and is scheduled to screen at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Tarantino’s Western is scheduled to premiere there on Dec. 25, but the filmmaker says plans have shifted.
“A couple of days ago … the Disney distribution people came down to the ArcLight and said, ‘No, you’re going to break your commitment with The Hateful Eight,” Tarantino’s told EW’s Dalton Ross on his SiriusXM radio show. “You’re going to not give them the theater on Dec. 25. You’re going to play Star Wars throughout the holiday season. And if you don’t, we’re going to pull Star Wars — the biggest movie ever made — we’re going to pull it from all the ArcLight theaters. So they actually literally are engaging in extortionist practices against us. … They’re coming out to destroy us, to grind us into the gravel.”
Listen to Tarantino’s remarks below.
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Disney did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment. Nor did ArcLight Cinemas, which lists Star Wars as playing in the Dome theater on Dec. 25.
Ross’ full interview with Tarantino will air Friday at 9:20 a.m. ET.