Quentin Tarantino spent his entire career under Harvey Weinstein‘s umbrella, and has been candid about what he knew about the former mogul’s behavior and his regrets about not taking action. The scandal is still unfolding, but Tarantino is turning his attention back to his work and preparing his next film about the Manson murders. It would seem that regardless of his association with Weinstein, he’s still one of the hottest filmmakers in town, with major studios and A-listers lining up to collaborate with him.
Over the summer, when the project was first announced, big names like Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson were revealed to be in the mix for roles, in the picture about the notorious cult leader. According to Deadline, you can add Leonardo DiCaprio in there as well, as he’s one of the people Tarantino has had “conversations” with about a role in the movie. Of course, DiCaprio previously worked with the director playing the villain in “Django Unchained.”
Tarantino and his reps have been playing hardball with the untitled picture, which is being referred to simply as “#9” since it’s his ninth feature. The Wrap reports that studios — which include Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and Paramount — must go to WME’s Beverly Hills offices to read the script, where they also bid for the picture. Netflix and Amazon are reportedly not in the running, which makes sense given Tarantino’s devotion to theatrical releasing. One smaller, unnamed company made a big offer to take on the movie without even reading the script (my guess is that it was Neon or A24, who would love to have a Tarantino sized project in their stable).
As for the movie little is known, however, the word is that the character of Manson himself might only be featured in a small number of scenes, not unlike how Hitler was essentially a cameo in “Inglourious Basterds.”
The plan is for Tarantino’s next movie to shoot in 2018 and hit cinemas in 2019.