Posted on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
We have the intersection between famous people and crazy people to thank for no small amount of entertainment. Take the lawsuit filed by Dannez Hunter, who claims that in 1999 he submitted a story treatment to Miramax about a character named Ren. Hunter claims that Ren became O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill, and that Quentin Tarantino stole elements of his treatment, including the specific manner of murder of Ren’s mother.
But it gets better, because Hunter also applied for a job at Miramax, and was, ahem, “never given a return phone call, as numerous similar situated less qualified Jewish and White people were bestowed job after job after job.” He wants a bag full of money, in part because whites and jews got all the royalties from Kill Bill. Good luck with this one, buddy. [TMZ]
After the break something slightly more substantive but less amusing: Tarantino reportedly may make a Harvey Weinstein documentary.
News that Tarantino might make a documentary on Harvey Weinstein cropped up about a week ago in the New York Times and most everyone seemed to miss it, but now it has surfaced once more. See, Barry Avrich, who wrote and directed a documentary about Lew R. Wasserman (The Last Mogul) is angling to make a film in the same no-holds-barred vein, with Harvey Weinstein as the subject. But Harvey seems to be less than interested in that film, currently called Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project. Avrich says the film will be balanced, not a hatchet job, and that Harvey Weinstein at first advised him not to make it.
Then Weinstein reportedly said that Quentin Tarantino was mulling his own doc about the mogul, which would start with Weinstein’s days as a concert promoter and then get into his years with Miramax. Tarantino’s spokesperson said that he and the Weinsteins are “unofficially kicking around the idea” of the documentary.
This doesn’t seem like the most likely project — at this point it really looks like something that is just being floated to block the doc by Avrich, and Tarantino already has a laundry list of potential projects that includes a ’30s gangster picture, a western, an Inglourious Basterds prequel, a Kill Bill sequel, a slavery picture and likely several others.
Still, it’s an interesting idea. On one hand, a Weinstein doc from Tarantino would seem superficially like one of the more biased projects out there. But going in with the understanding that the bias exists, we also might be able to get some interesting insight on Harvey from Tarantino, who has worked intimately with the producer throughout almost his entire career.