Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino last graced the big screen in 2015. His brutal revisionist Western, The Hateful Eight, first played in a special 70mm roadshow version ahead of its general release, which met with general favor by audiences. It may not have been a monster hit, but it earned more than $155 million at the box office worldwide.
Naturally, speculation reigned about what he might do next, especially since he has said in the past that he will only make two more features before retiring from the film industry to focus on stage plays and novels. As we noted in the past, he’s notorious for floating ideas that never come to fruition, but he said he was considering a third installment in the Kill Bill series, another Western (possibly for television), an escape epic set during World War II and a period gangster movie.
Now comes word that he might do something he’s never done before: make a movie based on true events. He is “putting the finishing touches on the script,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, which is inspired by the horrendous series of crimes committed by the so-called Manson Family during the summer of 1969.
Charles Manson attracted a group of devoted followers who lived together in an isolated area on the outskirts of Los Angeles, as recounted by CNN. Urged on by Manson, different members of the group first killed a man in July 1969, then slaughtered seven people over two nights the following month, including actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski. Manson and three of his followers were found guilty early in 1971.
Numerous books, films and television shows have covered the crimes, seemingly from all angles, but if the report is true, it’s likely that Tarantino has found a unique approach that will mesh with his filmmaking style.
Reportedly, both Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence have been approached about starring in the movie. Tarantino previously teamed with Pitt on Inglourious Basterds (watch NSFW clip above) and wanted to cast Lawrence in The Hateful Eight, though things didn’t work out.
We’ve also heard from Deadline that Tarantino has met with Margot Robbie about playing Sharon Tate. The outlet also suggests that Samuel L. Jackson will play a lead role. At this point, no confirmations have been made.
Right now, the plan is to shoot next year, possibly in the summer, though that might mean the movie won’t be released until 2019, or 50 years after the terrible events occurred. We’ll keep a close eye on this project, which could be Tarantino’s ninth movie.