Nothing goes between Quentin Tarantino and its historical producer. Indeed, we learn that Miramax, the company founded by Weinstein brothers and who produced all of the filmmaker’s films Reservoir Dogs To The Hateful Eight, has just launched a legal action against him. Explanations.
If the doubt continues to hover about the future of Quentin Tarantino as a director, there is no shortage of projects. Indeed, the legendary filmmaker recently published his first novel, Once upon a time in hollywood, inspired by his latest masterpiece, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. A novel which is much more than a simple novelization of the film, since Tarantino, as a good author in love with his characters, tells many precious details, and reveals the fate of Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth after the night of August 9, 1969.
The director also worked on a book of film reviews, titled Cinema Speculation, which will immerse us in the cinema of the 1970s and in the reflections of its author-cinephile. Recently, the filmmaker has announced yet another feature film project, this time a spaghetti western, in which the actors would not speak the same language. A genre close to the heart of the filmmaker, a great fan of Sergio Leone and Sergio Corbucci’s cinema, and to which he paid homage in Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.
Another QT project seems to be greeted with a little more caution. Indeed, Tarantino recently announced his move into NFT, auctioning off cut scenes from Pulp Fiction, during an auction. A news which deeply surprised some fans of the director, and which angered the Miramax company, which produced the Palme d’Or award-winning film in 1994.
Indeed, in a formal notice revealed by our American colleagues from Hollywood Reporter, the company founded by the Weinstein brothers questions the legality of Quentin Tarantino’s NFT project.
Tarantino’s conduct forced Miramax to initiate this complaint against a valuable collaborator in order to ensure, preserve and protect his rights to the intellectual and contractual property of one of the films in its most iconic catalog.
For his part, the filmmaker, who left Miramax after the revelations of the “Harvey Weinstein affair” and has his Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood by Sony Pictures, let it be known through his lawyer that he was within his rights, and that he was acting in accordance with his “reserved rights”, as they are mentioned in its contract.
In his article, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the American justice will have difficulty in ruling if the NFT come within the field of the “reserved rights” of the director, considering that the concept of the NFT did not exist at the time of the signing of the contract. Anyway, there is no doubt that this complaint will further widen the gap between Quentin Tarantino and Miramax. We imagine that for his spaghetti western, the filmmaker should stay at Sony Pictures. If he ever realizes it …
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