With his self-imposed retirement set to take place after his next two films, Quentin Tarantino has three different projects he wants to tackle: another driving movie, a 1930s gangster movie and a horror film in the vein of The Exorcist. All three sound like perfect Tarantino flicks, and it looks like we know which one he's picked for his next project. Prepare for a Tarantino slice of true horror, as he's looking to bring Charles Manson's killing spree to the big screen.
The project has no title yet, and is in the early days of development, as Quentin Tarantino is apparently fine-tuning the script. But what we do know is that part of the story, if not the entirety of it, might focus on the murder of Sharon Tate. The late wife of director Roman Polanski, her murder was especially infamous, as she was pregnant during the time of her murder at the hands of the Manson Family. With these details come some early casting notes, as Jennifer Lawrence is supposedly being courted to join the film.
Previous collaborator and all-around awesome dude Brad Pitt has been mentioned as a potential co-star in this untitled Manson Family project. This would not only reunite Pitt with his Inglorious Basterds director, it would also make for one hell of a head trip, as Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino know how to delve into the depths of madness on their own. Of course, the last time they jumped in head first together, it was a pretty beautiful thing to behold. Not to mention, if you take Pitt's performance in 12 Monkeys, and tweak it just a little bit, you'd have a hell of a Charlie Manson coming to the silver screen.
The earliest this project may find itself being shopped around to studios is around the Labor Day time frame, according to The Hollywood Reporter's sources. As far as the potential shooting schedule for the film goes, next summer seems to be the date currently in play. Taking that into consideration, we'd have to say that the earliest this new film would be released is mid-to-late 2019, with our eyes on the latter scenario, as this is a movie The Weinstein Company will undoubtedly push for all the awards they can get their hands on. Frankly, they'd be fools not to, as Tarantino and true life stories are both golden grabs, and the combination is one that can't be denied.
So what does this all mean for us Tarantino fans? Well, it means that Quentin Tarantino is going to possibly get his Exorcist after all. Much like the William Friedkin-directed horror film, this Manson Family project would be based on true accounts, which means that Tarantino would be making the first non-fiction film in his career. As far as we're concerned, this is pretty good news, as it's not only a fresh genre for the man who made Pulp Fiction, but it's a chance for Quentin Tarantino to possibly deliver his most serious and most frightening film.
When we get more details on Quentin Tarantino's latest project, we'll be happy to push the details your way. In the meantime, Brad Pitt has War Machine on Netflix and Ad Astra in the pipeline; while Jennifer Lawrence has Red Sparrow hitting theaters this November, as well as X-Men: Dark Phoenix coming on November 2, 2018.
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