Not quite Kill Bill Vol. 3 or Pulp Fiction II, but there’s definitely some killing and pulp involved. Variety recently reported that Quentin Tarantino’s next movie (before he supposedly does Star Trek) has landed at Sony with a rumored budget of nearly $100 million (his new partnership with Sony reflects Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse scandal that forced Tarantino away from the Weinstein Company, which backed most of his previous films).
The film will revolve around The Manson Family murders, which involved Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of director Roman Polanski, who was murdered by Manson and his followers in 1969.
Per Vanity Fair, the untitled film (going by the working title #9 as it’s QT’s ninth film overall) takes place in the summer of 1969 in Los Angeles and follows “a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing.” Vanity Fair notes that the murder of Tate at the hands of the Manson family serves as a backdrop to the main story.
According to various sources Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie have been approached to star in the movie.
Brad Pitt will play Tex Watson (Manson follower); Jennifer Lawrence will play Susan Atkins (Manson follower); Margot Robbie will play Sharon Tate; and Harvey Keitel will play an older Charles Manson (aspects of the story are told through him; young Manson is not featured). The film – which borrows elements from Tarantino’s unused Kill Bill Vol. 3 story, and is also influenced by The Last House on the Left and Straw Dogs – will take place briefly before the murders begin. And here’s the big Tarantino twist: Sharon Tate survives and hunts down/murders the whole family (with references to The Fearless Vampire Killers, which Tate starred in).
The film has a release date of August 9, 2019, which is the 50th anniversary of the day the Manson family committed the LaBianca murders and the day after actress Sharon Tate was killed.
Updates: Deadline reports that Leonardo DiCaprio has said yes to starring in Tarantino’s new movie, which will reteam the actor and director from 2012’s Django Unchained. DiCaprio will play an aging actor in the story that is being kept under wraps but is a Pulp Fiction-esque movie set in the 1969 Los Angeles during the summer of the Manson murders.