It’s been all quiet on the Tarantino front since the 2015 release of The Hateful Eight, so you know he must have been cooking up something good for his ninth, and, if you’ve believe the hype, penultimate film. Yes, Quentin Tarantino has previously stated that he’ll retire after 10 movies, so with two films left, you can’t really blame him for wanting to take his time and choose his second-to-last project as a film director well. So how about this: a movie about what’s arguably the most infamous murder spree in Hollywood history?
The Hollywood Reporter, in an exclusive, says that Tarantino is prepping his new movie under the Weinstein Company with long-time benefactors Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who are in the process now of shopping for a co-financier and co-distributor, likely in a similar deal to one the Weinsteins secured with Universal Studios in 2009 for Inglourious Basterds. The topic of the project: the 1969 murders perpetrated by members of Charles Manson’s “family”.
If you’re not a student of serial killer lore, on August 8, 1969, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel, all followers of Manson who lived with him and several others at Spahn Ranch, an old Hollywood Western town, went to the westside L.A. home of Roman Polanski and brutally murdered five people including coffee heiress Abigail Folger, and Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant with their child at the time. The next night, Manson accompanies the same group, along with Leslie van Houten and Steve “Clem” Grogan, on another killing, this time choosing the home of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. The grisly nature of the crimes, and celebrity of the victims, made the following trial of Manson and followers one of the most sensational in the annals of American criminal history.
Tarantino and the Weinsteins are looking to have a package deal ready to announce after Labour Day, according to THR, and that includes casting. Right now, it’s rumoured that Basterds star Brad Pitt and Tarantino reparatory player Samuel L. Jackson are up for roles, while the all important part of Sharon Tate is said to be between either Jennifer Lawrence or Margot Robbie. Nothing, as of yet, is confirmed.
This will be a very interesting project if it proceeds, a first for Tarantino as he tackles a story based on true event and real-life people. Look for shooting to begin sometime in 2018, with a releasee date to follow for 2019. We’ll have more news about this project as it becomes available.