Quentin Tarantino Planning Manson Family Feature; Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence In Talks

Posted 2017/07/11 0 0

The director is already meeting with A-list talent for the project.


A year and a half after The Hateful Eight hit theaters, director Quentin Tarantino is finally getting ready to make his follow-up. Tarantino, along with long-time producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, are reportedly putting together a new film based on the Manson Family murders. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brad Pitt, who starred in the 2009 film “Inglourious Basterds” has been approached to star, as has Jennifer Lawrence.

On August 8, 1969, Charles Manson ordered four of his followers to attack the residents of a home in the Benedict Canyon area of Los Angeles, which he believed was the home of a record producer who had shot down his ideas before. The four followers killed Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, and four other occupants that night using knives and guns. In 1971, Manson and several other followers were sentenced to life in prison for these crimes, and several other murders that took place that summer.

The Manson murders were most recently put to screen in the NBC drama “Aquarius,” starring David Duchovny as the fictional Detective Hodiak and Gethin Anthony as Charlie Manson. Cancelled after two seasons at NBC, the series was inspired by the cult leader’s commune formed in California during the late 1960s.

If the Manson-Tate project does become Tarantino’s next film, it becomes unique in that it will be his first movie to be based on true events. Tarantino has molded his career into taking his favorite genres such as crime, Westerns and blaxploitation and elevating them to A-list status while also paying homage to them. This news also comes months after Quentin Tarantino confirmed his retirement after he finishes making 10 movies, with this project being his ninth.

WME is said to be in the early stages of shopping the project to studios to co-finance and co-distribute the venture. The move apes the way Tarantino and the Weinsteins made the filmmaker’s 2009 movie Inglourious Basterds, which had Universal Studios as a financial and distributing partner.