Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful Eight“) is pulling together his ninth film, which focuses on the bone-chilling case of the Manson family murders. According to Variety, Tarantino has already written the film’s script and is set to direct, as per usual. It’s currently unclear if the film will be a historical retelling or a fictional story revolving around the murders.
The Manson family murders were a series of murders committed by Charles Manson, a felon with a stagnant music career, and his brainwashed commune. They made headlines after killing actor Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant, and six others on August 9-10, 1969. The murders were part of a half-baked plan called Helter Skelter, which aimed to start a race war. Director Roman Polanski, Tate’s husband, narrowly escaped the massacre that night, as he was away filming in London. The subsequent trial was a media circus, as women in the commune copied Manson’s odd antics throughout the court proceedings.
No casting details have been officially released just yet, but Deadline reported Tuesday that Tarantino met with actor Margot Robbie (“Suicide Squad”), who could theoretically play Tate. Deadline also reported that Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight”), a staple in the Tarantino film-verse, is likely to play a lead in the film. There’s also some speculation on Brad Pitt (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) joining the film’s cast. Variety posits that Harvey and Bob Weinstein are involved in the film, but Tarantino supposedly wants to secure a cast before deciding on a distributor. This will be the second to last film that Tarantino makes, as the director and writer has previously declared he will retire after his tenth film.
According to Variety, the film will come together sometime before Labor Day. We’ll update you on any further details as this story develops.