During his appearance on The Howard Stern Show, director Quentin Tarantino explained how Disney is pushing his 70MM "The Hateful Eight" out of Arclight Cinemas (via Variety). According to Tarantino, Disney threatened to pull "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" out of all locations if the film couldn't stay in the L.A. theater’s renowned Cinerama Dome -- which is where "The Hateful Eight" was scheduled to start playing on Christmas.
"It was real bad news and it f—ing pissed me off," said Tarantino, who included the Cinerama logo in the opening credits of the film. "It's vindictive, it's mean and it's extortion."
"I love J.J. [Abrams]. I'm not saying it's the 'Star Wars' people. It's the Disney people," he added.
During the episode, Stern made an appeal to Disney CEO Bob Iger, who is a listener of the show. "Listen Bob … I don’t give a s— about this theater. Quentin’s a weirdo, sorry Quentin. They’ve got the stupid 70 mm. They got all that s— 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?"
Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" bows on Christmas Day. Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in their original roles, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens Friday.