Quentin Tarantino Responds To Miramax Pulp Fiction Lawsuit
Quentin Tarantino has had his lawyer respond on his behalf to the Pulp fiction NFT lawsuit brought by Miramax. Pulp Fictionfirst appeared on the scene in 1994. It was met with an almost outright, instantaneous love across the board. It won the Palme d’Or at 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Now, almost everyone credits it as Tarantino’s greatest masterpiece. Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction won Academy Awards for Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. The film also launched the careers of the cast, including John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Samuel L. Jackson was nominated for Academy Award Nominations.
Miramax filed a lawsuit against Tarantino recently for his intent to sell NFTs related Pulp Fiction. Entertainment company Miramax claims Tarantino’s NFT project violates the intellectual property agreement between them. After Tarantino had announced earlier this month he would place 7 previously unreleased scenes of the film up for sale on OpenSea. OpenSea is the most renowned platform for NFT commerce. Miramax insists that they are protecting their rights to one their most valuable film assets. They also claim that Tarantino did not attempt to communicate with them his NFT intentions.
A statement was made to by Tarantino’s lawyer in response to the Pulp Fiction FFT lawsuit filed recently by Miramax. Bryan Freedman is Tarantino’s attorney and he clearly states that Miramax is completely wrong in this matter. Freedman states that the contract Tarantino and Miramax was as clear day and night. Freedman claims that Tarantino is entitled to sell the script he wrote for the film and plans to do so in his defense of the famed filmmaker. The accentuated attorney tried to turn the tables against Miramax, suggesting that their decision to reveal confidential information about the filmmakers would forever be a sham. Below is Freedman’s complete statement.
“Miramax is a fraud — it’s that simple. Quentin Tarantino has the rights to sell NFTs from his Pulp Fiction script. This contract clearly states that he can. Miramax’s inconsiderate decision to reveal confidential information about filmmakers’ contracts, and the compensation it received will irreparably damage its reputation after the case is over.
The lawsuit claims that Tarantino’s lawyer initially retaliated against Miramax’s cease-and-desist letters by saying that Tarantino had complete rights to materialize products based on Pulp Fiction. Freedman states that the original contract covers “print publication” (including screenplay publication,’making’ of’ books, comic books and novelization in audio and electronic formats.) However, Miramax’s attorney claims that NFTs don’t apply because there is no forward language and therefore do not fall within Tarantino’s reserved rights.
Miramax clearly intends to get involved in the NFT sales world. Losing this case against Tarantino will put an end to those hopes. Miramax is rightly concerned that Tarantino will try to do it on his own and open the doors for others to follow his lead. While Tarantino may believe he has every right to continue the film’s production, Miramax will argue that Pulp Fiction is all media. Miramax will likely win and continue to pursue their NFT plans unabated if they win. Tarantino might still be able to create new material in relation to Pulp Fiction. Miramax will likely need to go back on the drawing board if Tarantino wins. In the meantime, Miramax will be granted a legal precedent to allow filmmakers to create similar future disputes between artist/corporation.
All of Quentin Tarantino’s movies have been confirmed to exist within the same universe. It is divided into two levels. However, the Tarantinoverse also connects with that of Robert Rodriguez, his friend and fellow filmmaker. Here’s how. Quentin Tarantino is one of the most respected and loved filmmakers in the business. However, he has also been controversial for the violence and topics he addresses. Tarantino still has a loyal fan base who continue to watch every movie and make connections with other films, such as Robert Rodriguez.
Tarantino began his career in filmmaking with the 1992 crime movie Reservoir Dogs. While it was well received by critics, viewers and critics, his biggest break came in 1994 with another movie about crime: Pulp Fiction. Tarantino directed eight movies, as both Kill Bill movies count as one. He also wrote a few more movies that were not directed by him such as True Romance or From Dusk to Dawn. Robert Rodriguez, Tarantino’s close friend, directed the movie. He also played Richie Gecko in the lead role. Their movies have a lot of interesting connections.
Tarantino confirmed that all of his movies are in the same universe. The universe is split into two levels. The first is the “realer-than-real” universe where Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained live. The second level is the movie-in-a-movie universe which is where the characters from the first level would see the Kill Bill movies or Death Proof. While characters from the real world cannot appear in the movie they are in, those from the second level can appear in movies of their level. It’s here that a link is made between Tarantino’s universe and Robert Rodriguez’s, as From Dawn to Dawn, Planet Terror are part of Tarantino’s “movie in a movie” universe.
One character is permitted to jump between two levels in the Tarantino universe. This is Earl McGraw. He is played by Michael Parks. The Texas Ranger Earl appears in From Dusk to Dawn Kill Bill Planet Terror and Dead Proof. Earl was shot to death in From Dusk Till Dawn by his brothers the Geckos. However, this didn’t stop him from returning years later. This can be explained as these movies are part of the “movie within a movie” level. Some consider part of the real world. Some people saw the appearance of Big Kahuna hamburgers in Tarantino and Rodriguez movies, as another link between the two worlds. Others went so far as to speculate that certain characters live double lives (e.g. Mr. Reservoir Dogs). Pink (Steve Buscemi), a character some believe moved away from the US in order to begin a new life as Romero. Romero is a scientist introduced in Spy Kids 2 : The Island of Lost Dreams.
Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, are not only close friends, but also collaborators. One serves as writer, producer or actor for the other. It’s no surprise that their movie universes are inextricably connected. We’ll see if future projects do so.