Film composer Ennio Morricone denies he made any negative comments about Quentin Tarantino

The two worked together previously on 'The Hateful Eight'

Oscar winning film composer Ennio Morricone has issued a statement denying reports that he criticised director Quentin Tarantino in a recent interview.

Morricone, whose score of Tarantino’s 2016 film The Hateful Eight won an Oscar, issued a lengthy statement saying that the interview was false and that he intended to take “legal and penal action.”

He said: “It has come to my attention that Playboy Germany has come out with an article in which I have stated extremely negative comments about Tarantino and his films, and the Academy. I have never expressed any negative statements about the Academy, Quentin, or his films — and certainly do not consider his films garbage.”

He continued: “I consider Tarantino a great director. I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together. He is courageous and has an enormous personality. I credit our collaboration responsible for getting me an Oscar, which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgments of my career, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to compose music for his film.

“In London, during a press conference in front of Tarantino, I clearly stated that I consider Quentin one of the greatest directors of this time, and I would never speak poorly of the Academy – an important institution that has given to me two of the most important acknowledgments of my career.”

Morricone has denied the claims in the interview which stated that he called Tarantino “a cretin” and in which he allegedly criticised the actor’s working style.

Meanwhile, Tarantino revealed earlier this year that his next film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is “the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done.” The film  stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, and is set in late 1960s Hollywood at the peak of the Charles Manson murders.