Disney executives are allegedly using the force of their "Star Wars" franchise to strong-arm an L.A. theater into not playing "The Hateful Eight," according to Quentin Tarantino. The director told Howard Stern on Wednesday morning that his upcoming movie was due to play at Hollywood's famed Cinerama Dome starting on Dec. 25th, but was being pushed out in order for Disney to extend its stay and have "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" screened there through the holidays.
"It was real bad news and it fucking pissed me off," Tarantino said. "They are going out of their way to fuck me."
When owners of the Cinerama Dome, ArcLight Cinemas, tried to tell Disney they planned on honoring their contract and would be showing "Hateful Eight," Disney, according to Tarantino, threatened to pull "Star Wars" from all ArcLight locations.
"It's vindictive, it's mean, and it's extortion," Taratino fumed.
Howard reminded Quentin that they didn't have a Disney rep in studio to tell their side of the story, but wondered if friend J.J. Abrams could fix this.
"I love J.J.," Quentin said, explaining that his issue isn't with the "Star Wars" people, but with the top brass at Disney.
"As far I'm concerned, let all the entertainment reporters call up Disney and ask for their comments on their extortionist practices," Tarantino stated.
He also reminded Howard and his audience that Miramax was once owned by Disney, meaning that Quentin has in fact made several films for the studio, including "Pulp Fiction" and both "Kill Bill" volumes.
"I made a lot of money for the Disney corporation," he said. "They don't need to be this vindictive."
Howard asked Tarantino to step back for a moment and let him handle it, as Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, is an avid listener of the Stern Show. Addressing (an absent) Iger directly, Howard tried to mediate:
"Listen Bob … I don't give a shit about this theater. Quentin's a weirdo -- sorry Quentin … They've got the stupid 70 millimeter – they got all that shit that he cares about. He just wants to show his goddamn movie there. You're sitting on top of the world. You've got 'Star Wars.' What, do you need this?"
Hear Quentin's interview from the Stern Show below and see "The Hateful Eight" in theaters Dec. 25th.