Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson film set up at Sony
Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated ninth feature film is now signed to Sony.
Following his departure from the Weinstein Company – after numerous sexual misconduct allegations against founder Harvey Weinstein – the 54-year-old Pulp Fiction director has been shopping around for a new distributor.
A bidding war between several industry heavy-hitters, including Warner Bros and Paramount, ensued but now a deal with Sony is secured.
The film – which will be set in Los Angeles, US, in the summer of 1969 – is reportedly going to be Tarantino's most expensive film, with a budget of $100 million (£75m) - double that of Django Unchained.
A sizeable portion of the film's financing will come from the Los Angeles tax credit, with an estimated $18 million (£13.6m) on the table.
Controversy arose over the subject matter earlier this year when it was alleged that the film focuses on the exploits of Charles Manson.
But Tarantino quashed those rumours himself, telling IndieWire's Anne Thompson: "It's not Charles Manson. It's 1969."
Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. also reported that the Manson killings are merely a backdrop to another story, focusing instead on two best friends (an actor and his stunt double) trying to make it in Hollywood.
"I'm told it's akin to calling Inglourious Basterds a movie about Adolf Hitler, when the Nazi leader was only in a scene or two," wrote Fleming Jr.
There are multiple stars rumoured to be attached including Tom Cruise for the lead and Margot Robbie in talks to play Sharon Tate (the actress and model murdered by Manson’s cult followers).
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are also rumoured to be in talks, according to Deadline.
The film will mark the writer/director’s return to LA, a location that permeated much of his early career, with Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown all set in set in the Californian city.
Production is expected to start summer 2018 and the film scheduled for release in 2019.Tags: