Tarantino’s Next Film Will Be About the Manson Family Murders

django unchained quentin tarantinoBy Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

In some ways, Quentin Tarantino is one of the last great auteurs of the 70s — even though his first film, Reservoir Dogs, premiered in 1992. His films are so influenced by the 60s and 70s that they always feel somewhat out of sync with current movies. Which is fantastic for film fans who like a variety of movies.

But for all that 60s/70s influence, all of his films have either been set in the 1800s, during World War II, or in the present day. That will all apparently change with his next film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino will be focusing on the Manson family murders, and he has apparently already begun recruiting A-list actors in what THR describes as a film that will, “be a unique take on the Manson Family murders.”

The outlet reports that WME is looking to shop the project around as a co-production with The Weinstein Company and another studio. This wouldn’t be the first time a Tarantino film did this, as the director, along with the Weinsteins, teamed up with Universal Pictures to produce Inglourious Basterds.

Of the A-listers, THR is saying the director has already reached out to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence to see if they would be interested in the film. Pitt has previously worked with Tarantino on Inglourious Basterds, while Lawrence was originally considered to play the lead female role of Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight. Samuel L. Jackson has also been approached, but considering he is in everyone of Tarantino’s films since Pulp Fiction, it isn’t much of a surprise.

Not much is known about the screenplay, but THR’s sources do say that one of the stories centers on Sharon Tate, who was married to Roman Polanski at the time. That seems to indicate that this movie will be broken up into chapters like every other one of Tarantino’s films (except for the criminally underrated Jackie Brown). We don’t know what role Lawrence will play, but THR says that she is not being considered for the role of Tate.

Deadline, however, seems to have it on good authority who the director does want to play the role. According to their sources, Quentin Tarantino has approached Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) to play the role of Tate in his film. Deadline also reports that Pitt is being eyed to play the role of the detective investigating the murder.

One of the things that I do wonder about is just how fictionalized this movie will be. Inglourious Basterds was based on a true story, but the events in his film were basically completely fabricated up to the point of changing how Hitler died. It will be interesting to see how he tackles the Manson murders, and how much of the true story will remain intact.

About Danny Santos

Freelance writer, filmmaker, actor, musician, and visual artist. Writing online professionally for 4-plus years and has produced and performed in over a dozen films and webseries. He has also been everything from a social media consultant to managing a JUNO award winning musician.