Miramax has filed a lawsuit against Quentin Tarantino, alleging the filmmaker is attempting to capitalize on the success of his “Pulp Fiction” by using the title and name of its celebrated 1989 film, “B. Monkey” in his upcoming “The Hateful Eight.”
The lawsuit, filed on Jan. 19 in New York state court in Manhattan, includes a host of allegations against Tarantino, including trademark violations, right of publicity violations, unlicensed advertising and on-screen product placement, and the unlicensed use of song and music credit information.
If this weren’t bad enough, Miramax is claiming it discovered Tarantino was trying to use the title “B. Monkey” on an upcoming director’s commentary of “Pulp Fiction.”
The movie studio further claimed the director attempted to use a similar title for his second film, “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” but that title was also ruled invalid by the courts. (Tarantino had suggested the title was “B. Monkey 2,” while some fans and some forums suggested the title was the title of the 2003 film “Law of the Samurai.”)
The lawsuit also argues that Tarantino has utilized the NFT’s “fragile” “Pulp Fiction” brand for his own benefit and to “engage in numerous public schemes to parade as if he is an artist in motion picture.”
Tarantino’s movie is set to open in the summer of 2016. And with his “Pulp Fiction” successes on hand, it is hard to imagine the controversial director would want to use this legal conflict to bury the past.
Read the full lawsuit here.