In a SiriusXM radio interview Quentin Tarantino likened Disney to those types he so famously writes about, old school gangsters. No, he didn’t swear that he once saw Mickey Mouse recite Ezekiel 25:17 before turning a burger eating enemy into Swiss Cheese. No, infact, Tarantino’s comparison was more like that of when Butch Coolidge killed Floyd Wilson and ran off with the money. And in this comparison, Tarantino’s latest film “The Hateful Eight” is Wilson and Disney’s blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is Butch. And the head honchos over at Disney are sure to run away with their hands full of green.
Tarantino accused Disney extortionism and claimed they used “totalitarian” practices to halt the success of Tarantino’s film and skyrocket their box office sales. Tarantino let it be known that Disney had pushed his movie, “The Hateful Eight”, out of a Los Angeles premiere movie venue to make more room to play Star Wars: The Force Awakens throughout the entire holiday season instead. The Disney Sci-Fi hit is set to open Friday, screening at ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The Tarantino Western is set to open at the same theater Dec. 25, but Tarantino is saying that his plans have been bumped off by the big mob boss that is Disney.
“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,” said Tarantino. His tone and word choice just like that of one of his own written big shots. “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.” Such a serious threat, in such an old school verve, an offer Arclight obviously can’t refuse. “They actually literally are engaging in extortionist practices against us. … They’re coming out to destroy us, to grind us into the gravel.” Let’s hope not literally, as it probably would be in a Tarantino-style universe of bullets, bad guys, and bad mouthing.