There has been a great deal of buzz around Quentin Tarantino's new movie recently as it was revealed the film will not be about the Charles Manson murders, but rather will use those events as an historical backdrop for what now sounds like an exploration of Hollywood in the late '60s, according to recently revealed details. The potential specifics of the story come as the director finds a new home for his picture at Sony after leaving behind The Weinsten Company in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
With so many top names circling what could be Tarantino's penultimate feature film, like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio, it seems as though the new script may indeed be something special. And although particulars of the story have been kept tightly under wraps so far – which helps explain the confusion regarding the Manson Family – the details that have reportedly surfaced shed some light on a few distinct elements that feel very much in Tarantino's wheelhouse.
As reported by Vanity Fair, whose source claims to have read the script, the film focuses on a "TV actor who’s had one hit series and [is] looking for a way to get into the film business." The actor is joined by his "sidekick – who's also his stunt double" who, as it turns out, is also looking to take a shot at making it big in feature films. The Manson murders, then, will be a background element, with one of his followers' victims, Sharon Tate, presumably linking the two stories together. As has been reported previously, Tarantino has set his sights on Margot Robbie for the role of Tate, which suggests that part may be significant.
Though it's still a period piece, in keeping with his most recent films, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight, the story brings Tarantino back to Los Angeles, which, if this is indeed his second to last film, would make for a nice bookend to this leg of his career, since his early films, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, both turned in LA into an exciting backdrop. Given the writer-director's knack for incisive takes on Hollywood and popular culture, a return to the City of Angels would make for an exciting homecoming for sure. Throw in an ambitious TV star looking to make it big on the big screen and it sounds as though there will be plenty of material to make the film a winner.
With a studio in place and a trio of lead actors lining up, it shouldn't be too long before we get some official details. Tarantino is reportedly looking to begin filming in Los Angeles next summer, with a projected release date yet to be announced.
Source: Vanity Fair