A long-awaited and much-delayed documentary on Quentin Tarantino will finally see the light of day.
Tara Wood's QT8: The First Eight, originally titled 21 Years: Tarantino, will screen for buyers in Cannes on Sunday, just two days before Tarantino's latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
The doc chronicles the making of Tarantino's first eight films through interviews with his cast and producers, including Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Diane Kruger and Christoph Waltz.
Wood had originally produced the film with The Weinstein Co. but cut ties following the sexual assault allegations against its co-founder Harvey Weinstein.
What followed was a legal battle to regain control of her movie. Things got complicated when TWC fell into bankruptcy. In the ensuing fire sale of TWC assets, Lantern Entertainment acquired the Weinstein Co. library, including Wood's film.
“My movie ended up with Lantern and they wanted to finish it, but I said absolutely not,” Wood tells The Hollywood Reporter. “They didn't have the relationships I had with the participants and I didn't trust anyone else with this film. I ended up taking the film back myself. Then I went back in and re-edited to reflect Harvey's story.”
QT8 addresses the Weinstein scandal and others surrounding Tarantino — from Uma Thurman's notorious car crash during the shooting of Kill Bill to accusations of racism and gratuitous violence in the director's movies — but they are not the focus of the doc. Instead, like Wood's previous effort, 21 Years: Richard Linklater, the film is a celebration of an iconic director.
“I needed Harvey and the scandal to be in there, but this isn't a documentary about Harvey Weinstein,” Wood says. While she believes Tarantino bears some responsibility — “as we all do” — for keeping silent before the #MeToo scandal broke, she does not think it tarnishes his legacy as a filmmaker.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino's ninth film and the first not to be produced by Weinstein, will premiere in Cannes on Tuesday, 25 years to the day that Pulp Fiction screened here. That movie won Tarantino the Palme d'Or for best film.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is also the first Tarantino film to be produced by a studio, with Sony releasing the movie worldwide. The pic stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie.
“I think it is great to see Sony stepping up and giving Quentin the freedom he has always enjoyed in his career, just on an ever bigger stage, with bigger toys,” said Wood.
QT8: The First Eight will screen Sunday at the Gray 4 theater in Cannes. Wood is handling worldwide sales for the film through her Wood Entertainment banner.