The issues around the release of The Hateful Eight just keep on coming. Quentin Tarantino’s eighth movie will now have a severely limited release in the U.K after three major cinema chains made the announcement that they will not be screening The Hateful Eight at all. Cineworld, which is the second largest chain in the U.K. recently made a statement about this decision:
We love a Quentin Tarantino movie, but it is with great regret that we will not be showing The Hateful Eight from Friday 8 January. On this occasion, the distributor has chosen to screen the film only in 70mm in the West End and in selected venues nationwide.
Yikes. Whoever made this deal is sure to be in hot water, because this reportedly has the potential to be millions of dollars lost for The Hateful Eight. And I’ve got to say, it does make sense for the three chains to decide to give Quentin Tarantino’s movie the proverbial finger.
So much of the hype around Hateful Eight revolves around Quentin Tarantino’s use of 70MM film to capture the beauty in each shot. Apparently the folks behind distributing the film to various theaters made an exclusive deal with one theater, Odeon Leicester Square, to show the special 70MM version of the film. Meaning every other movie theater in the U.K. would be forced to watch the plain old version. How disappointing.
The Hateful Eight marks the first time in years that 70MM film is being utilized, so it’s gained a ton of attention. Additionally, the majority of theaters had to purchase new equipment, as well as implement training courses to make sure the staff knew how to properly screen the film. Presumably, a mass of U.K. theaters put the time and money to show The Hateful Eight in 70MM, before finding out that this was done in vain. After that slap in the face, it’s logical that the theaters would want to get back at Quentin Tarantino and The Weinstein Company by refusing to show the film at all.
Quentin Tarantino’s newest film has been surrounded by controversy for months now. First, the inconvenience of equipment theaters with 70MM served to make headlines. Then, Quentin Tarantino’s controversial statements about police brutality resulted in a boycott of The Hateful Eight by many law enforcement officers and families. This was followed by a discussion about sexism and misogyny regarding Jennifer Jason Leigh's character’s treatment throughout the film. Finally, the release date and competition with The Force Awakens, as well an anti-Disney tirade that Tarantino went on, put the film in more hot water. That’s a ton of drama.
Financially, The Hateful Eight might be in hot water after potentially losing millions of dollars overseas. It should be interesting to see how this impacts the success of Quentin Tarantino’s latest labor of love. We’ll keep you updated as more information is available.