Last night, the news broke that Quentin Tarantino's next film would be a drama inspired by the infamous Manson family murders. As you might expect, it only took a matter of minutes for social media to develop Considered Opinions™ on the project (whether it was Actually Good or Actually Bad; whether or not it'd take an alternate-history approach to the Manson Family's crimes, a la Inglourious Basterds; whether or not it was appropriate to be dramatizing the material in the first place), but in the end, there was only so much wheel-spinning to be done: we simply didn't have much to go on in terms of what this movie might actually look like.
Well, now - thanks to a newly-filed report over at Deadline - we're starting to see Tarantino's next film take shape.
For starters, Deadline confirms THR's earlier report about the film at least partially revolving around actress Sharon Tate, former wife of Roman Polanski and perhaps the most notorious victim of the Manson family. Not only that, but they go on to claim that Tarantino met with Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie for the role.
Furthermore, Deadline tells us that Samuel L. Jackson is being eyed for a lead role in the film, and that the previously-mentioned Brad Pitt is being sought to play "the detective investigating the murder". There is no word, as of yet, what character or real-life person Jennifer Lawrence might be being courted for.
All of this is very curious, indeed. And yes, a number of the questions this project has raised are definitely worth asking. But here at Birth.Movies.Death., we're fascinated to see Tarantino heading in this new direction, and are choosing to wait and see what he does with the material before establishing any firm opinions about it. Given this director's track record, that seems the wisest approach.
Stay tuned for more on Tarantino's Untitled Manson Family Movie as it becomes available.
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