The race is on for Quentin Tarantino’s (“The Hateful Eight”) latest script. Set in LA in the 1960s, the film will reportedly include The Manson Family murder spree that killed five people. Tarantino is hoping that Margot Robbie (“Suicide Squad”) will come on to play the late Sharon Tate in the film, according to Deadline.
Every studio with the exception of family-friendly Disney is in the bidding wars, including a few financiers and those seeking domestic rights to the completed film. Variety reports that Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. are the three frontrunners in the bidding war. Warner Bros. pulled out all the stops to woo the director, making over their admin building in a 60’s theme, complete with vintage cars, when Tarantino came over to pitch the film. Not to be outdone, Sony delivered a multimedia presentation to the director, emphasizing their marketing prowess and their international distribution abilities.
All three studios made it through an initial interview with Tarantino’s rep WME, where they read the script and agreed to Tarantino’s production budget of $100 million and his right to first-dollar gross. Interested bidders were only allowed access to a hard copy of the script, as Tarantino was previously burned when his “Hateful Eight” script was leaked online. The sale will be made before Thanksgiving, according to Deadline.
As Hollywood’s studios battle for the rights to Tarantino’s ninth film, the director is already screening candidates to star in the film. He’s already spoken with Tom Cruise (“Top Gun”), Brad Pitt (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) to play one of two leading roles in the film, and all three made it on the director’s short list. It’s unknown if Robbie has signed on as of yet. David Heyman (“Harry Potter” series) has also boarded the upcoming flick to produce alongside Tarantino and Shannon McIntosh (“Django Unchained”). Georgia Kacandes (“The Hateful Eight”) will pull double duty as the executive producer and line producer.
The bidding war is a direct result of the current Harvey Weinstein controversy, as Tarantino pulled his film from Weinstein’s Miramax production banner after public allegations that Weinstein sexually harassed assaulted multiple women. Tarantino previously produced all eight of his previous films with The Weinstein Company (TWC), which is now on the verge of bankruptcy. The director has been criticized for his statement about his former colleague, admitting “I knew enough to do more than I did” about the producer’s abuse.
Tarantino is repped by WME.