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Quentin Tarantino has said that he will likely stop making movies after the release of his tenth picture. The writer-director is currently prepping his ninth at the moment, so it should come as no surprise that almost every studio in Hollywood wanted to get their hands on it now that he's no longer working with The Weinstein Company. After a fierce bidding war, in which many major studios wined and dined Tarantino for the worldwide distribution rights of #9 (the working title of project), the winning studio has finally been chosen. Sony emerged victorious and will be the home of Tarantino's penultimate movie.
According to The Wrap, esteemed film director Quentin Tarantino has given Sony the worldwide distribution rights to his ninth movie project. The film was the center of an intense bidding war that involved every studio but Disney (who doesn't release R-rated movies), and Sony beat back them all. Everyone from Universal to Lionsgate attempted to win over the director, with some even going to extreme lengths to curry his favor. Word on the street is that Warner Bros. decorated a lot to look like it was the '60s (where #9 is set), complete with throwback logos and cars.
So why go with Sony? Apparently, the Pulp Fiction helmer was "sparked" by Sony head Tom Rothman's knowledge of cinema history. Rothman "held his own" against super cinephile Tarantino, and Sony's presentation for how they planned to market the film also impressed the director. It's a major win for Sony, as any project from Tarantino is bound to attract major talent and buzz come awards season.
Originally, it was reported that Tarantino's ninth film was about Charles Manson, but it's now said that Manson only has a minor role akin to Adolf Hitler in Inglorious Basterds (the movie was about killing Hitler, but he was only in one or two scenes). The movie is said to be about 1969, but it will involve Sharon Tate, who was murdered by the Manson cult. Said to be an ensemble piece, Tarantino is reportedly hoping that Margot Robbie will play Tate. The project is already attracting A-list talent, with Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio all mentioned to be in contention for the two male lead roles.
This will be Quentin Tarantino's first film not to be produced by Miramax/The Weinstein Company. Following the scandal and the numerous accusations that Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing actresses and models for years, Tarantino decided to take his second-to-last picture someplace else. Assuming that he likes it over at Sony, the studio could potentially be the home of his tenth and final film as well.
Now that Tarantino's ninth movie is at Sony, there's bound to be a lot of casting news coming up soon, so make sure to stick with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it is available.