The studio Miramax, founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein in the 1990s, is suing Quentin Tarantino over the use of “Pulp Fiction” in projects set to open in New York theaters.
One such project, called “Big Time Adolescence,” reportedly uses scenes from “Pulp Fiction” in a lead character who is recruited by Marsellus Wallace, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, to clean up a high school for an academic competition.
Filming of “Big Time Adolescence” is scheduled to start in April, and the film is set to hit theaters on Aug. 29, Variety reported.
A statement from Miramax lawyer Jeanne Newman — issued via Variety, prompting an inquiry from the Daily News regarding the outlet’s story that is in the midst of “Pulp Fiction” rewind — revealed that the lawsuit is not meant to distract from the planned release of Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” a film set for release on July 26.
Newman wrote that “Big Time Adolescence” does not use “Pulp Fiction” as a “template” but, rather, as inspiration.
From the Miramax court filing (in which it describes the film as a “modern-day, comedic take on Bonnie and Clyde”):