A number of sources report that Miramax, the studio behind Pulp Fiction, has filed a lawsuit against director Quentin Tarantino over an NFT project connected to the film.
As we reported previously Tarantino announced his plans to put seven uncut scenes from 1993’s Pulp Fiction up for auction as Secret NFTs (non-fungible tokens) on NFT marketplace OpenSea.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miramax sent a cease-and-desist letter to Tarantino regarding the project, to no effect. The studio claims they’re in talks about potential NFT partnerships based on its film library, but Tarantino’s announcement devalues those plans.
The lawsuit reads: “Tarantino’s conduct has forced Miramax to bring this lawsuit against a valued collaborator in order to enforce, preserve, and protect its contractual and intellectual property rights relating to one of Miramax’s most iconic and valuable film properties.
“Left unchecked, Tarantino’s conduct could mislead others into believing Miramax is involved in this venture. And it could also mislead others into believing they have the rights to pursue similar deals or offerings, when in fact Miramax holds the rights needed to develop, market, and sell NFTs relating to its deep film library.”
In response to the cease-and-desist letter, Tarantino’s attorney claims the director was acting within his “Reserved Rights”, naming the right to “screenplay publication” specifically.