Following a search for a new distributor after parting ways with The Weinstein Company, Quentin Tarantino’s next film is starting to take shape. Sony have secured the worldwide distribution rights to the yet-untitled feature, after a scramble which saw several distribution giants including Warner Bros attempt to woo the director into a new partnership. The first few details regarding the plot have also been revealed, in stark contrast to the drama which ensued with The Hateful Eight, when the script was leaked in pre-production.
After braving the gruelling cold of Colorado to shoot his last film, Tarantino is set to return to warmer climes – specifically Los Angeles, which was also the setting for Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. Rumours were rife early on that the film would centre on the Manson Family murders, specifically that of actress Sharon Tate, which Tarantino was quick to deny. According to Vanity Fair that the film will take place in the legendary summer of 1969, with the Manson Family’s crimes serving as a backdrop rather than the main event.
Instead the plot will focus on a TV actor and his best friend/stunt double, who are looking for a way into the film industry following some success on the small screen. It’s rumoured that Tom Cruise is being considered for the lead role, as well as previous Tarantino-collaborators Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, while Margot Robbie is being courted for the role of Sharon Tate. With a rumoured budget of $100 million (almost twice that of The Hateful Eight) it could also be Tarantino’s most expensive film to date. Production is expected to commence in June 2018 for a release the following year.
Published 20 Nov 2017
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