After working with the Weinstein Company on all of his previous eight films, Quentin Tarantino is looking for a new home for his upcoming ninth feature. The script has the working title of #9, and was rumored to be about the infamous Tate murders — committed by the Manson Family in 1969. But, after recent revelations regarding Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and assault, the fate of Tarantino’s upcoming film was called into question.
Deadline reported this week that Tarantino has officially left the Weinstein Company. The director is currently shopping his script to other studios. According to the report, every major studio, save Disney, is interested in acquiring the film. Understandably, as we can’t imagine Tarantino meshing with Disney’s family friendly brand!
#9 is being described as a drama in the mode of Pulp Fiction (1994). I’m fascinated by late 60’s Hollywood and the historical environment that lead to the Manson murders. Personally, I think a format reminiscent of Pulp Fiction would perfectly suit that setting.
Reports that the film will be about the Manson murders are apparently an oversimplification. Instead, #9 tells a series of interconnected stories set in late 60’s Los Angeles. One of those stories will reportedly feature Sharon Tate; actress, wife of Roman Polanski — and Manson murder victim. Whether or not the murders themselves will actually feature in the story remains to be seen.
It was previously reported that Margot Robbie has been asked to play Sharon Tate. Tarantino apparently has roles for his regular A-list; Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt, and even Leonardo DiCaprio. However, no official casting announcements have been made.
It’s expected that the film will begin production in 2018 and aim for a 2019 release.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s work? Are you excited about the prospects of his ninth film? Let us know in the comments below!