The fervor surrounding Quentin Tarantino's next project (an as-yet-untitled film set against the backdrop of the Manson Family murders) has reached an all-time high, with three major studios - Warner Bros., Paramount and Sony - rolling out the red carpet to score the rights to release the film. Given the fact that Tarantino's one of our most vital, original and successful filmmakers, this almost goes without saying ... but seriously, you've gotta hear what these folks are doing to keep the dude happy.
According to a newly-published report over at Variety, Warner Bros. decided to play up the fact that the film will take place in 1969 by decking out their Burbank lot with a bunch of cars and a bit of new signage:
"When Tarantino arrived at the studio’s Burbank lot, he found the circular entrance in front of the administration building adorned with cars from the late 1960s. The Warner Bros. logo circa 1969 was on the marquee outside the studio, and the executive conference room was outfitted with vintage furniture from the era and mock posters for the movie."
Meanwhile, over at Sony (reminder: Sony's the studio that forgot to market its franchise-launching Dark Tower movie until roughly three days before it hit theaters this summer) Tom Rothman attempted to woo Tarantino by talking up his studio's unparalleled marketing abilities:
"Sony cooked up a multimedia presentation discussing how it would handle the release of the film, as well highlighting what it saw as its competitive advantages. Studio chief Tom Rothman used his time in front of Tarantino to talk up Sony’s marketing team and to take the director through the efforts that the company has made in recent years to bolster its international distribution."
No word on what kind of red carpet Paramount rolled out for their presentation, unfortunately, but tucked away in another corner of Variety's report is an interesting list of demands:
"Tarantino wants a production budget of roughly $100 million. He is also expecting first-dollar gross, meaning he will get a cut of the pre-tax revenue taken in by the studio, as well as final cut on the film."
$100M sounds like a gigantic chunk of change, but that's apparently what Tarantino spent making Django Unchained. Furthermore, the film's a period piece, and that alone will set the production back by quite a few bucks ... and besides, it's probably money well spent: with Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt all allegedly onboard the project, whoever ends up landing the film will have an all-but-guaranteed hit on their hands.
Still, though...you gotta figure all this ass-kissing must be dispiriting for some other filmmakers...
I've just realized how little every studio actually has wanted every movie I've ever made.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 14, 2017
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