Quentin Tarantino Suing Alan Ball Over Screaming Birds

Despite reports that Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western is coming together nicely, not all is well in the director’s world. Apparently, Mr. Tarantino is suing his neighbor, who happens to be fellow Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alan Ball, due to the noise caused by his exotic birds. The Pulp Fiction director claims that ever since Ball installed an “exotic bird menagerie”, he’s been forced to listen to a stream of “obnoxious pteradactyl-like screams” for seven to eight hours a day. Naturally, the noise has caused Tarantino considerable trouble when attempting to write at home. Now he wants those birds silenced once and for all. Are a bunch of squawking birds delaying a new film by Tarantino? If so, that’s a true crime against humanity!

The actual lawsuit itself is an amusing read and can be viewed here. The style of writing makes me wonder if Tarantino himself actually had a hand in drafting it. Here’s one of my favorite bits:

“Though one might assume that, as a fellow writer, Mr. Ball would understand and respect a writer’s need for peace and quiet while he is working, that assumption would be wrong.”

In the realm of celebrity feuds, this could be one of the odder cases I’ve heard of. And not to make light of the situation too much, but the idea of two Academy Award-winning screenwriters fighting with each other over birds is kind of humorous. Here’s hoping that this issue will be resolved quickly and that everyone can live peacefully with each other.

My solution: Tarantino should get his old buddy Samuel L. Jackson to intervene, paraphrasing his signature line from Snakes on a Plane. “Enough is enough! I’ve had it with these motherfucking birds in this motherfucking aviary!”

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  • kyri

    It’s a joke. Sean. He is just having fun. That’s how rich people have fun, they sue each other.

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  • rjdelight

    Tarantino lives next door to Alan Ball? How is this not a reality show?

  • Falsk

    @rjdelight – That’s what I’m saying! Time for an Odd Couple reboot!

    As a parrot owner, this article is fucking hilarious. Because parrots are actually small dinosaurs… so it all makes sense.

  • I once read about Tarantino’s writing habits: lots of floating in his pool thinking, and then writing long hand in note books. So I could see the new bird element F’in up his world.

  • Werner

    how is this movie news?

  • rjdelight

    If you’re ONLY looking for movie news, you’re in the wrong place my friend. FilmJunk is a special kind of movie news website that all the others don’t even compare to.

  • swarez

    As someone who has to suffer the calls and cries of a single parrot at my work place I know how he feels. These things don’t shut up.

  • Hugh

    Speaking as someone who owns half a dozen pteradactyls, I can verify that they are generally very quiet and serene birds.

    No doubt that nasty Mr Tarantino has been upsetting them.

  • Mike

    Tear gas, then the Wolf, problem solved.

  • @ Hugh

    Isn’t it entirely possible that Mr. Ball’s birds make a shit ton of noise and yours don’t? My friend has a lab and it never stops barking, my other friend has the same breed and it’s as quiet as can be.

  • Hugh

    @ ridelight

    Yes that’s very true not everyone is a responsible pteradactyl owner.

    They need a lot of care and attention . If Mr Ball has been neglecting them they may be making a racket and hence annoying the entirely blameless Mr Tarantino.