2 Big Hollywood Companies Caught in Quentin Tarantino Contract Spat

Three years after a key dispute over a “Kill Bill” sequel threatened to tear away the studio’s ties to Quentin Tarantino, Miramax is trying to enforce its full right to produce new movies by…

2 Big Hollywood Companies Caught in Quentin Tarantino Contract Spat

Three years after a key dispute over a “Kill Bill” sequel threatened to tear away the studio’s ties to Quentin Tarantino, Miramax is trying to enforce its full right to produce new movies by Tarantino under its deal with him.

The New York Times reports that Miramax is suing the filmmaker and his new production company, the production company is Tarantino, to end the relationship unless he agrees to give the studio rights for four new films based on the Miramax-produced films: “Pulp Fiction,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2,” “The Hateful Eight” and “Inglourious Basterds.”

“Defendants have unlawfully conspired to deprive the Company of the rights to produce the four films and used the Miramax name and marketing for those films to promote defendants’ infringement,” Miramax said in a complaint filed in Manhattan Federal Court, according to the New York Times.

Tarantino recently said he would hand back his best screenplay Oscar to Miramax when he collects his prize at the 75th annual ceremony Oct. 16.

“I just don’t think of those films [‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Kill Bill’] in the context of these [movie star] movies any more. I think of them as second-tier films,” Tarantino told the Los Angeles Times. “I saw them as a student filmmaker, and then I thought they were really good second-tier films. If I made ‘Pulp Fiction’ today, I don’t think the Academy would give me one of those Oscars.”

There have been many disputes over Tarantino’s films with Miramax since the 2013 release of “Django Unchained,” which Tarantino produced on his own and distributed through Sony.

In 2015, Miramax filed lawsuits against the filmmaker and Sony for wrongfully withholding a $60 million distribution fee, which Sony had reaped from the theatrical and home entertainment release of “Django Unchained.” In July 2017, Tarantino and Sony made a deal to pay the $60 million fee in installments.

“Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2” and “Inglourious Basterds” are not included in the Miramax lawsuit.

Fox News’ David Leopold contributed to this report.

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