Wait, Quentin Tarantino's New Movie Is Not About Charles Manson?

Quentin Tarantino in Reservoir Dogs

With eight films under his belt since he launched his Hollywood career in 1992, director Quentin Tarantino will helm two more features before he retires from the movie-making business. It was announced this past summer that Tarantino's penultimate cinematic project would revolve around the Manson Family murders in 1969. However, Tarantino now says that this upcoming movie will not be specifically focused on the Manson-led carnage, but will instead be about the year 1969 as a whole. As Tarantino recently put it:

It's not Charles Manson, it's 1969.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Quentin Tarantino has dissolved his partnership with The Weinstein Company (marking the first time the director isn't working with the Weinstein brothers) and has been shopping around his next movie to other studios, not including Disney and its Touchstone Pictures subsidiary. This project hasn't found a new home yet, but as he informed IndieWire following an awards-screening for Sofila Coppola's The Beguiled, then topic will be much broader than we were originally led to believe.

The Manson Family murders may still be one of the main topics of this still-untitled movie, but going off Tarantino's brief comment, it sounds as if this will be some kind of multi-narrative tale that shines a light on some of the other notable events from the end of that decade. Some of the more memorable happenings included Richard Nixon being sworn in as the 37th President of the United States, the U.S. putting men on the moon, the Stonewall Riots erupting in New York City, Woodstock, Scooby-Doo and Sesame Street debuting on TV, the list goes on. Since this movie is still in the early development stages, it will be a while until we learn more concrete details about its subject matter, but considering how small-scale Tarnatino's last movie, The Hateful Eight, was, following that story up with a significantly wider vision could make for an impressive follow-up.

The only casting information that's emerged so far about Quentin Tarantino's next movie concerns the Manson Family elements that were previously reported on, specifically the murder of Sharon Tate. Margot Robbie has reportedly been cast as Tate, while Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio were up for supporting roles as well. Jared Leto also admitted last month that he was approached to play Charles Manson, although it's unclear if this was for Tarantino's movie, and even then, we still don't know if he's attached. This project will be the fourth Tarantino period piece production, following behind Inglorious Basterds (World War II), Django Unchained (1858) and The Hateful Eight (several years after the Civil War).

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend to learn how Quentin Tarantino's next movie is coming along. In the meantime, browse through our 2018 premiere guide to plot your visits to the theater next year accordingly.

Adam Holmes
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