According to IndieWire, Quentin Tarantino filed an objection on April 30 in regards to the sale of The Weinstein Company as a result of its bankruptcy—the director claims he’s owed $4.5 million in royalties stemming from his work with the company on Grindhouse, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight.
When news of Weinstein’s terrible history of sexual misconduct was publicized in The New York Times last October, Tarantino claimed he was “stunned and heartbroken about the revelations.” However, he clarified a few months later that he had heard of Weinstein’s behavior for a long time, but that “it was easier to chalk up what he was doing, to this mid-60s, Mad Men, Bewitched era of an executive chasing the secretary around the desk.”
Uma Thurman, stuck between her professional work and personal friendship with Tarantino on films such as Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill—both produced by Weinstein, who allegedly assaulted the actress—later stated that she was proud of Tarantino “for doing the right thing and for his courage” in regards to helping her expose allegedly covered up negligence on the set of Kill Bill that left her with a permanent injury. The actress explained that it wasn’t Tarantino as much as it was his producer Lawrence Bender and Harvey Weinstein himself, who were most responsible for the abusive conditions and lack of cooperation in providing her with footage of the stunt.
As for The Weinstein Company itself, the company is currently taking bids for its assets before auctioning them off on May 4—with Tarantino adamant none of his properties should be included, as the company allegedly owes him millions in royalties. Specifically, the director wants $300,000 for Grindhouse, $575,000 for Inglourious Basterds, $1.25 million for Django Unchained, and $2.5 million for The Hateful Eight. His upcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—which revolves around the height of California’s hippie-movement and the Charles Manson murders—is being financed by Sony.