As first reported by Vulture, Miramax Studios sued Quentin Tarantino today, after the Weinstein Company said it bought the rights to “The Hateful Eight,” reportedly at $8.5 million.
The jury is still out on whether the Weinstein Company would produce the project or just own the worldwide rights to it.
According to Vulture, Miramax claims it holds the rights to the Quentin Tarantino screenplay, as their deal for “Pulp Fiction” did not include an option to produce a follow-up.
So, essentially, Miramax owns the property, and is fighting a fire it started, while it gets some ammunition for its side of the story.
Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” is now at issue, while “Pulp Fiction” looks like a movie that is getting a sequel without him or his involvement.
In the film, a famous bounty hunter (John Travolta) and his story of revenge run into trouble during a snowy New Year’s Eve snowstorm in Wyoming.
According to IMDB, “The Hateful Eight” is set to start filming in January and hit the big screen late in 2015.
In the online post, it was reported that Tarantino’s next project would be “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” about the Manson murders, and that is a little suspect given that Tarantino has been constantly on the hunt for a movie script of his own.
Who knows — maybe he can have his cake and eat it too…