Movie fans who are anxiously waiting for Quentin Tarantino's ninth film (which may well be his second-to-last) won't have to wait too much longer. After leaving the Weinstein Company, the project was the center of an intense bidding war between almost every major studio. Sony ended up the winner, and with A-list talent swimming around a story that involves the Manson Family, they seem mighty excited to get this movie out there. Currently under the working title of #9, Sony has set a release date for August 9, 2019.
According to Variety, Quentin Tarantino's untitled and mysterious ninth film will arrive in theaters on August 9, 2019. Production is said to be slated to begin early next year. Not much is known about the film, but it will be a period piece set in 1969. While it was originally reported that the project was about Charles Manson, Tarantino has clarified that it is not a biopic, but an ensemble film with the Manson murders set as a backdrop. It's been compared to how Inglorious Basterds is about killing Adolf Hitler, but he is only in two scenes.
It should be noted that August 9 happens to be the 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate's murder. Tate was an actress who was famously murdered by Charles Manson's cult. Whether or not this scheduling was deliberate or coincidental is unknown, but it could indicate how important the murders of that time are to the future movie.
The movie will be Tarantino's first one without the Weinsteins' involvement, be it at Miramax or The Weinstein Company. Following the numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment involving Harvey Weinstein, Tarantino took his movie elsewhere. Soon afterward, almost every major studio in town was trying to wine and dine Tarantino for distribution rights. Everyone from Paramount to Warner Bros. campaigned, but ultimately Sony won, using Tarantino's love of cinema history, no less. Seeing as how Tarantino is an award show favorite and his movies typically gain high critical praise, it was a big score for Sony.
Even though details are currently scarce, we do know that the Django Unchained director's next film is already attracting major attention for Hollywood's A-listers. Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are some of the big names said to be up a male lead role. Tarantino is also reportedly seeking out Margot Robbie for an important role.
There's sure to be new information about Quentin Tarantino's ninth movie coming over the next few months, so keep checking in with CinemaBlend and we'll update you with the latest developments as they becomes available. 2019 is still far off, so be sure to hit up our movie release guide for everything hitting theaters for the rest of the year -- or what little is still left of it.