Quentin Tarantino has certainly made a name for himself with films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill under his belt, and he is attempting to strike gold again with The Hateful Eight. The writer/director/actor has recently appeared at rallies against police brutality, and there are many that want to boycott his films. One person who isn't boycotting is Tarantino's father, Tony Tarantino, but he does disagree with what his son has said.
According to Fox News, Quentin Tarantino recently spoke at a rally protesting police brutality when he said: "This is not being dealt with in any way at all. That's why we are out here. If it were being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges." The film director also stated that "when I see murders, I do not stand by. I have to call a murder murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers."
There were many that were greatly offended at Quentin Tarantino's stance, especially when his comments occurred days after a New York City police officer was killed in the line of duty. One of the people who spoke out against what Quentin Tarantino has said is his father, Tony Tarantino.
Tony Tarantino spoke out on Fox News "In the Zone" via Skype, saying that his son is "dead wrong" in calling police officers murderers. Tony cited that his relatives serving in the police, and sees that his son is "a passionate man and that comes out in his art but sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and reality".
Tony Tarantino issued a statement saying the same thing to the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA) of the City of New York. Unions representing police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia have joined the PBA in urging a boycott of Quentin Tarantino films. Tony Tarantino is not behind the boycott at all, celebrating his son's achievements as a filmmaker and saying that he will be first in line to attend his son's latest film, The Hateful Eight.
The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino's appropriately 8th film, and it takes place in Wyoming at a stagecoach stopover during a blizzard. The ensemble cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Demian Bichir, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and Bruce Dern.
Not much is known about the plot of this film, other than these characters meet up and "through betrayal and deception, the eight strangers soon learn that they may not make it to Red Rock after all". It doesn't sound like The Hateful Eight is attempting to address police brutality directly, but there is a law-enforcement character in the film with Goggins role as "The Sheriff". It's pretty clear from the posters and the suggestion of the title that murder is going to come into play, so it is possible that the film will show The Sheriff as a murderer of some type.
The Hateful Eight is set for a release date on December 25, 2015, but only in 70 mm film format. The film will then come into theaters the following year on January 8, 2016.