Details of Quentin Tarantino‘s Manson Family Murder project are beginning to trickle in. Following Tarantino’s clarification of the film’s use of the Manson Family Murders as backdrop, Vanity Fair published an article with further plot details. As previously stated, the film will only use the murders as a backdrop to tell a much different story. The paranoia and fear of that time is something few of us can truly relate to, and surely Tarantino will make brilliant use of it. According to Vanity Fair:
Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.
Sounds like a cocktail that’s two parts Drive and one part Mad Men with a twist of Boogie Nights. Also discussed in the piece were the extremes Warner Bros went to, to woo Tarantino into their camp. Pulling out all the stops, the studio was re-decorated as a 1969 time capsule. Complete with retro cars, and old marquee, and cocktails, Warner Bros did their best to win him over. Tarantino would eventually settled with Sony, after several weeks shopping the film in the wake of his fallout with the Weinstein Company. It’s also reported that Tarantino is looking for an approximate budget of $100, with final cut of the film and first dollar gross. No word yet if Sony has agreed to any of these terms.
It should go without saying that this news comes after the death of Charles Manson. As cult as cult icons get, the convicted leader of the Manson Family has been the central focus of many stories these last 48 years. And in another year or so, he will again make his way into the public eye with Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Family project.