Miramax is suing Quentin Tarantino for trademark infringement.
The Weinsteins’ first feature as a merged company was in 1994: “Pulp Fiction,” an homage to old-fashioned pulp detective stories but crammed with recognizable themes from Tarantino’s own films and shows.
Tarantino had reportedly been planning “Pulp Fiction” sequels for years. And he even filmed test footage for “The Beguiled,” a sequel to “Pulp Fiction,” according to an audio interview with Tarantino in 2014 that New York’s 94WRT-FM described as an oral history.
A Miramax rep told TheWrap, “Tarantino has been willfully infringing the Miramax trademarks, and it’s time he pays the price for his continuing pirating of our goods.”
“He has nonetheless continued to create and promote derivative works, purportedly based on the ‘Pulp Fiction’ original, some of which have also been recorded as historical rumblings, in a blatant attempt to capitalize on the success of Miramax’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ film,” according to a legal document filed in Manhattan on Thursday.
Miramax, which was acquired by the Weinstein Company for $660 million in 2010, is owned by Disney. The Weinsteins filed suit against Weinstein Co. and Harvey Weinstein last year for trademark infringement. That lawsuit was not related to the recent allegations of sexual misconduct, but Miramax is now reopening it, according to Variety.
The new lawsuit will “go back to the status quo as of when the lawsuit first went into litigation,” Miramax’s lawyer said in the statement. “Notwithstanding Harvey Weinstein’s tragic passing, Weinstein Co. will vigorously defend itself against the Miramax claims.”
Miramax has not yet filed an official complaint in federal court, but the new complaint would be generally “based on those emails and the recorded oral history,” said the news outlet.