Written by Cate Reichenbach, CNN
The publisher of “Pulp Fiction” is suing filmmaker Quentin Tarantino after he said he would like to adapt the 1993 film for a series of TV series.
The Weinstein Company filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court that alleges Tarantino’s desire to bring back the film in new forms — which had not yet been approved by “Pulp Fiction” co-writer Bruce Kaufman — could damage its copyright and trademark rights.
“Pulp Fiction” author Quentin Tarantino could be streaming movies with other Tarantino canon characters. Credit: Beverly Bauman/Warner Bros. Entertainment
In addition to a potential new movie based on the crime drama, “Pulp Fiction” is rumored to be getting a TV spinoff and a spinoff show starring characters played by Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman. But according to the lawsuit, Tarantino plans “to re-invent the work as a television series entitled ‘The Hateful Eight’, in which each episode would be approximately eight minutes long, with first season episodes to approximate the feature film’s number of 15 minutes each.”
“Nothing is more unnecessary, inappropriate, and affronting to the Copyrightowners’ protected hard work than to reconstitute the Private Disposition, the film that so beautifully embodies their craft, in a less than cohesive, contrived and exploitative manner,” reads the suit.
A representative for Tarantino told CNN there would be “no comment” on the lawsuit.
“‘Pulp Fiction’ was the most beloved film of 1995 and has since become the reference point and continuing source of inspiration for numerous artists and filmmakers,” a spokesperson for The Weinstein Company said in a statement. “Any attempts to willfully infringe on our intellectual property rights are completely unacceptable and we will vigorously defend against such efforts.”
The Weinstein Company is currently in the middle of litigation against a number of individuals in light of alleged sexual misconduct, including Harvey Weinstein. It alleges that the disgraced mogul committed and facilitated assault, sexual harassment and rape.
Kaufman says the project should not be seen as a remake of “Pulp Fiction,” but as “The Hateful Eight.”