Rumor: Leonardo DiCaprio Being Sought For Tarantino’s Charles Manson Movie
Quentin Tarantino - who recently parted ways with the Weinstein Company in the wake of that company's ongoing implosion - is ready to roll on his next film, and this week all the major studios (outside of Disney) will be lining up to try and cut a deal. At present, the Charles Manson-related project has no title, but is being referred to as #9, a nod to the fact that this will be Tarantino's ninth film.
We've known for a while now that Tarantino was pursuing Margot Robbie to take on the role of Sharon Tate (Tarantino veterans Samuel L. Jackson and Brad Pitt are also being pursued for roles in the project), but last night Deadline revealed another actor who's apparently being sought for the picture: Leonardo DiCaprio, who last teamed up with Tarantino on 2012's Django Unchained. Who he'd be playing is currently unknown.
Furthermore, Deadline has the following insight to share on what form this untitled Manson movie might take:
"There has been a lot of press that the script focuses on Charles Manson and the murder spree he orchestrated, but I’m told that is akin to calling Inglourious Basterds a movie about Adolf Hitler, when the Nazi leader was only in a scene or two."
But, wait - there's more:
"I’m told that the script has strong commercial appeal, and if there is a film of Tarantino’s it can be best compared to, it would be Pulp Fiction, which also was set in Los Angeles about a decade after this one."
We're not sure we agree with Deadline's police work on that timeframe (Pulp Fiction took place in 1994, while the Manson Family's horrific killing spree occurred all the way back in 1969 - a difference, you'll note, of more than "about a decade"), but we are pretty hyped to hear Tarantino's latest being compared to Pulp Fiction, a film that turned an entire generation of casual moviegoers into hardcore film geeks (ed. note - it me).
Deadline says the plan is for Tarantino's Untitled Manson Movie to go in front of cameras next year in time for a 2019 release. Rest assured we'll be hitting you with updates every step of the way between now and then. Please spend the interim ranking QT's films in the comments below, and yes, there is a correct order.