Quentin Tarantino’s next film will be his first with Sony after the director ended his relationship with the Weinstein Company, and it looks as though it will be set in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
While Tarantino has remained cagey on details, as with a number of his previous films, there have been strong suggestions that the film will feature (at least in part) on the murders carried out by Charles Manson and the Manson family in the late 60s.
The news comes after Manson’s death at the age of 83 over the weekend.
We are unlikely to see too much in the way of plot leaks, however, given that Tarantino famously threatened to put plans for The Hateful Eight on hold after details came to light earlier than he had hoped.
According to Deadline, filming on the as-yet-untitled upcoming project will begin in 2018 ahead of a planned 2019 release, with Margot Robbie among the A-Listers rumoured to have been approached to star.
Robbie has been mentioned in connection with the role of Sharon Tate, the Valley of the Dolls actor and wife of director Roman Polanski, who was killed by Manson’s followers in August 1969.
Other names rumoured to be involved in the film include Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, while frequent Tarantino collaborator Samuel L Jackson has also been mentioned as a potential member of what looks to be an ensemble cast.
Both Pitt and DiCaprio have worked with Tarantino before, on Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained respectively, though this would be Cruise’s first collaboration with the director.
It will be Tarantino’s first full-length feature since The Hateful Eight was released in 2015, and his first not to involve the Weinstein Company or Harvey Weinstein.
The latest details come some 25 years after Tarantino’s first feature film, Reservoir Dogs, was released with Weinstein as executive producer.
Weinstein was fired by the company, and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, following allegations of sexual misconduct from a number of individuals earlier this year.
In a statement in the aftermath of those allegations, Tarantino said he “knew enough to do more than I did”.
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