Wood Entertainment’s Tara Wood (21 Years: Richard Linklater) has successfully reclaimed the rights back to the authorized Quentin Tarantino documentary feature, 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino. The film, announced in 2015 was previously housed at The Weinstein Company in 2016. In 2017, a long legal battle ensued over the documentary just as the production company underwent an onslaught of sex crime allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
“TWC should respectfully release us from our deal,” Wood said in a statement at the time, “To allow the project to be handled with the care and consideration it, Mr. Tarantino, and all the participants deserve.”
The film’s return to the hands of Wood Entertainment signals the search for a hopeful distributor is now in tow with post-production underway. Touted as a celebration of Tarantino’s works-to-date, 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino looks at the passion behind the worldwide box office dominator. The lightening rod that is Tarantino’s career illuminates the discussion of changes in the industry.
“We are thrilled, and eager to conduct our final interviews and complete the documentary, free from Harvey Weinstein and his complicit cohorts” said Wood last week. “We look forward to finding a new distribution partner, timed with the July 2019 release of Quentin’s next film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.”
Joined for the newly releasing documentary is a cast that includes a venerable cadre of talents including the following: Zoë Bell, Louis Black, Robert Forster, Jamie Foxx, Richard Gladstein, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Diane Kruger, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Eli Roth, Kurt Russell, Stacey Sher, Scott Speigel and Christoph Waltz. Wood produces along with Jake Zortman, and with Veronica “Riki” Rushing, Robert C. McGirr and Lorraine Lamb exec producing. Jake Zortman lenses the doc which is edited by May Kuckro, Eric Myerson and Jeremy Ward.
Quentin Tarantino’s career is unmatched in its wellspring of talent and the diversity of subjects in his eight films to date. In the trendsetting RESERVOIR DOGS and the ground-breaking PULP FICTION, Tarantino revolutionized the status quo. He reworked genre and celebrated badass women in films like JACKIE BROWN, KILL BILL and the gasoline-charged DEATH PROOF. He took on issues of race in America in DJANGO UNCHAINED and boldly rewrote history in INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, leaving us snowbound in the ultimate “who done it” murder mystery, THE HATEFUL 8. His films reap as much controversy as they do accolades. The documentary coincides with the end of an era – the collaboration of Tarantino with the now disgraced Harvey Weinstein.
Longtime staple Tarantino collaborators speak to the essence of his passion and the success of his career: Michael Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Zoë Bell, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Kurt Russell, Louis Black, Richard Gladstein, Scott Speigel, and Stacey Sher.
Wood concluded, “This project has always been in honor of Mr. Tarantino’s career, and as a woman, creator and protector of that vision, I am grateful to have it back in caring, respectful hands.”