Good for Quentin Tarantino
, for not capitulating to the Chinese government and marginalizing his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, declining to trim scenes of violence, or the one that featured Bruce Lee sparring with Brad Pitt
’s stuntman character. It seemed a non-starter that the filmmaker would cave when China informed Sony
is was pulling the film at the last minute from Chinese theaters. After all, Tarantino has final cut on his films, which Sony Pictures
and Bona Film Group
well knew when they acquired the picture after The Weinstein Company
cratered. Tarantino’s film has grossed $366 million worldwide, and they can live without the China box office, particularly when the film’s backers would only reap 25 cents on the dollar.
I’m told that Sony didn’t try to force Tarantino to capitulate and if that is true, good for the film studio for showing some spine.