Not quite Kill Bill Vol. 3 or Pulp Fiction II, but there’s definitely some killing and pulp involved. News outlets are reporting that Quentin Tarantino’s next movie 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.
Tarantino is putting the finishing touches on the script and sources say that Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson and Margot Robbie have been approached. The plan is to shoot in 2018, possibly in the summer (via THR/Deadline).
The latest word from Deadline is that Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) may play Sharon Tate. Jennifer Lawrence and Samuel L. Jackson’s possible roles are a mystery, while Brad Pitt is rumored to be either playing a detective investigating the murder – or – Vincent Bugliosi, who was the prosecutor in the Manson trial (via Variety).
Before you dismiss this project as distasteful, imagine the possibilities if Tarantino re-wrote history in a positive light – à la Inglourious Basterds – where Tate survives after being left for dead; then once she recovers, she teams up with Bruce Lee (there’s an explanation for this) and The Beach Boys (there’s an explanation for this as well) to find and kill Charles Manson and his followers to the tune of 1960’s pop songs? Take our money.
Updates: A Reddit user is claiming he has the inside scoop on the movie. If what he/she says is true, then we practically called it out before the user leaked the info. Here’s the juicy tidbits from the user’s post (again, this isn’t official, so take it with a grain of salt):
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).
What do you think? In any case, here’s a scene from The Wrecking Crew (Sharon Tate vs. Nancy Kwan, as choreographed by Bruce Lee).