Disney’s business practices to ensure Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets a solid holiday run has infuriated Quentin Tarantino. By the sound of things from Tarantino’s perspective, Disney has overstepped the boundaries of fairness and kicked his film, The Hateful Eight, out of the Cinerama Dome. HitFlix shares this quote from the Howard Stern show on SiriusXM:
“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,” an audibly upset Tarantino said on “Howard Stern” this morning. “And 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. So the thing about it was, Disney, who owns ‘Star Wars,’ decided ‘well, you know what? Maybe we wanna play throughout the entire holiday season.’ So we’re gonna go to the Cinerama Dome and say that they can’t honor their contract with us to show the ‘Hateful Eight.’
The director goes on to say:
“As of yesterday, Disney came to the Arclight people and said ‘no, you are going to play ‘Star Wars’ in the Cinerama Dome for the entire holiday season, and if you don’t, if you honor your deal with the ‘Hateful Eight,’ we will not allow you to have ‘Star Wars,’ the biggest movie in the world, we will not allow you to show it at any of your Arclight movie theaters.'”
Howard Stern seems to think that J.J. Abrams will fix this. J.J. doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that wants to screw over other directors. Tarantino hopes Bob Iger and J.J. Abrams do something to rectify the situation. Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t need it like the The Hateful Eight does. I hope they honor the deal they made with Tarantino. As a Star Wars fan, I certainly want to see Star Wars at the Cinerama Dome, but I also wouldn’t mind seeing The Hateful Eight there, too.