Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film Is Less About Charles Manson, More About 1969

Warning: this piece is mostly speculation based on a six-word Quentin Tarantino quote.

Over the weekend, Quentin Tarantino appeared (presumably by invitation, though it's very fun to imagine him suddenly appearing in a cloud of smoke) at an awards-season brunch held on behalf of Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, where the director offered a quick update of sorts in regards to his next project, which has long been rumored to revolve around the Manson Family murders.

Namely, Tarantino says that's not really the case:

“It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969."

Given the fact that Margot Robbie is apparently still onboard this project to play Sharon Tate (the most famous of the Manson Family's victims), we assume this film will deal with Charles Manson to some degree, but perhaps it will be even more tangential than previously believed. 

A few weeks back, Deadline reported that Tarantino's next would be similar to 1994's Pulp Fiction, which seems to suggest a film comprised of several interlocking storylines. Perhaps the Tate-centric storyline will deal with the Manson murders, while the others will not. Perhaps Robbie will appear in a highly limited fashion, and Tate's death will serve as the catalyst for the rest of the narrative. Honestly, there's no real way of knowing (Tarantino's latest script is under tight lock and key, and no one's talking), but it's undeniably fun to be back in the Tarantino speculation game, isn't it?

We're not sure where Tarantino's headed with this, but we're hyped to find out. While we're waiting on more news to arrive, we'll be over here rereading our copies of Helter Skelter.

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