The Manson murders serve as a backdrop to the film
Following the release of his snowy epic The Hateful Eight in January 2016, Quentin Tarantino is planning the next movie in his oeuvre – his ninth. Though mystery still surrounds elements of the film, we already know a fair bit about it. Here’s the lowdown so far.
What’s it called?
Right now it’s being referred to simply as #9.
When is it released?
It’s being slated for a 2019 release.
What’s it about?
On November 17, 2017, Vanity Fair reported via a source who had read the script: “Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie 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.”
It’s been reported that the film will also verge from the ’60s into the ’70s, and it’s expected that Charles Manson’s death today will heighten interest in the film. Of all Tarantino’s films, it’s been compared most strongly to Pulp Fiction by sources who’ve read the script.
Who’s in it?
Deadline reports that Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt have all been approached for the two lead male roles in the film.
Aussie star Margot Robbie has been rumoured to play Sharon Tate, the actress and model who was married to the director Roman Polanski and who was murdered by members of the ‘Manson Family’ in 1969. Jennifer Lawrence has also been linked to the role.
When NME asked Marilyn Manson about who should be in the film, he said: “Vincent Gallo, Jeremy Davies… I wouldn’t wanna be in it. It’s too obvious.”
Is there a trailer?
Not yet – filming hasn’t even started.
When does filming begin?
Production on the film is expected to begin in mid-2018.
What other production information is there?
The recently disgraced Harvey Weinstein was involved in all of Tarantino’s previous films, first at Miramax and later with The Weinstein Company. Following the scandal, Tarantino decided to cut ties, leading to a bidding war for #9.
The film will be distributed by Sony, who beat Paramount and Warner Bros to the rights – reportedly Sony’s Tom Rothman impressed Tarantino with his knowledge of film history.
According to Deadline the budget for the film will be in the region of Django Unchained‘s – $100m – which has been called “staggering” when compared to Baby Driver‘s $35m budget. The Hateful Eight‘s $44m budget and performed disappointingly at the box office.
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Tarantino will also get the final cut on the film. Producers include Harry Potter’s David Heyman, Tarantino himself, and his frequent collaborator Shannon McIntosh. Georgia Kacandes will also work with Tarantino for the second time, serving as executive producer and line producer.