Quentin Tarantino Hit With Lawsuit Over ‘Pulp Fiction’

by Chris Haney

On Tuesday, Miramax Films filed a lawsuit against famed director Quentin Tarantino who is attempting to sell NFTs related to his hit 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

Fans of the classic Tarantino movie know that the film has many famous and quotable scenes. The director has plans to auction off the rights to seven digital copies of his handwritten original scripts. They also include his own audio commentary.

However, Miramax is attempting to put a stop to his Pulp Fiction NFT sales by taking Tarantino to court. The production company filed a breach-of-contract and infringement lawsuit against Quentin Tarantino earlier today. Miramax filed the lawsuit in a federal court in California. In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Deadline, it says the director is, “Eager to cash in on the non-fungible token (‘NFT’) boom, as widely reported in the media.”

Earlier this month, Tarantino first announced the NFT auctions. Miramax is seeking statutory damages and declaratory and injunctive relief in a jury trial. The company acknowledged the director is a longtime, valued collaborator of Miramax. But they’ve brought the lawsuit on to “enforce, preserve, and protect its contractual and intellectual property rights.”

“Left unchecked, Tarantino’s conduct could mislead others into believing Miramax is involved in his venture,” the lawsuit reads. “And it could also mislead others into believing they have the rights to pursue similar deals or offerings, when in fact Miramax holds the rights needed to develop, market, and sell NFTs relating to its deep film library.”

Quentin Tarantino’s own lawyers have already responded to Miramax’s claims, according to the Tuesday filing. His lawyers say the director acted within his “Reserved Rights.” Further, they pointed to his right to “screenplay publication” with his NFT plans.

Quentin Tarantino Wants To Make a Comedy Western Film

Last month, Quentin Tarantino was in Italy to receive a lifetime achievement award. While at the event, he opened up about his future plans, and revealed a future project he’d love to work on.

“It’s a piece of something else that I’m thinking about doing. And I’m not going to describe what it is,” Quentin Tarantino said while in Italy, according to Variety. “But part of this thing, there is supposed to be a Spaghetti Western in it.”

The Italian westerns have been a huge influence on Tarantino as a director. Their influence is often seen even in his non-western films like Kill Bill 1 & 2. The director sounded excited about the prospect of working on a comedy western in the future.

“I’m looking forward to shooting that because it’s going to be really fun. Because I want to shoot it in the Spaghetti Western style. Where everybody’s speaking a different language,” he said with a laugh.

“The Mexican Bandido is an Italian; the hero is an American; the bad sheriff is a German; the Mexican saloon girl is Israeli. And everybody is speaking a different language. And you [the actors] just know: OK, when he’s finished talking then I can talk,” Tarantino joked.