LOS ANGELES – Hollywood studio Miramax sued director Quentin Tarantino on Tuesday over his plans to sell digital collections based on his 1994 film “Pulp Fiction.”
Tarantino recently announced that he will be selling a series of unique non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, based on his handwritten film for the 1995 Golden Palm winner, a film described by the Cannes Film Festival as a set of “safe stories. low-life LA. “
A website for the NFT sale says they will include a digital version of the film’s profane and “iconic” Royale with Cheese “scene, as well as a recording of Tarantino revealing” secrets “about the project.
The trial of Miramax, which produced the film and is owned by Bein Media Group and ViacomCBS, claims that Tarantino also plans to sell NFTs of page scans and digital film props.
Tarantino’s attorney, Brian Freedman, said in a statement to NBC News on Wednesday, “Miramax is wrong – simple and straightforward.”
“Quentin Tarantino’s contract is clear: he has the right to sell NFTs of his handwritten script for‘ Pulp Fiction ’and this frustrated attempt to prevent him from doing so will fail,” Freedman said. “But Miramax’s reluctant decision to disclose confidential information about the contracts and compensation of its producers will irreparably tarnish its reputation long after this case is dismissed.”
According to the suit, which seeks unspecified damages, a lawyer responded to the letter to stop and stop from Miramax on November 4 saying that Tarantino holds reserved rights to print a publication of the manuscript.
Miramax argued in the suit that print publication and NFTs are not the same.
“The proposed sale of some original script pages or scenes like NFT is a one-time transaction that does not constitute publication, and in any case does not fall within the intended meaning of ‘print publication’ or ‘script publication,'” says the costume. “The right to sell NFTs of such excerpts from any version of the film to Pulp Fiction is owned and controlled by Miramax.”
In the suit, which was filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Miramax argues that Tarantino essentially signed off rights to “all media” for “Pulp Fiction” in perpetuity when the film was under development in 1993.
“Miramax owns the rights to develop, market and sell NFTs related to its in-depth film library,” says the suit.