Fans have been waiting since 2015's The Hateful Eight to learn what Quentin Tarantino's next project would be, with the recent announcement that he will write and direct a film that centers on the Charles Manson murders of the 1960s. According to The Hollywood Reporter, A-list talent like Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence have already expressed interest in the project, with shooting aiming to begin next year.
There are no confirmed details on the script, but reports say at least one major component of the story would be a focus on actress Sharon Tate, potentially the role Lawrence could have expressed interest in.
The filmmaker is known for his violent and entertainingly exploitative style, which immediately makes audiences wonder exactly how he would handle the true-life atrocities of the murders.
Manson spent his teenage and early adult years in and out of prison as he was involved in the hippie community in San Francisco in the early and mid-'60s. He gained a reputation as a charming individual, using his way with words to compel his followers, his "family," to commit heinous crimes in his name.
Most notably, Manson convinced Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian and Patricia Krenwinkel to murder famous actress Tate, who was pregnant at the time, and four other guests in the home on August 8, 1969. In addition to the brutal killings, Manson directed his family to write things in blood and to leave "something witchy," giving rise to the concept of Satanic cults in the '70s who would sacrifice victims for supposed rituals.
Acting under the notion that there would be an apocalyptic race war, which he dubbed "Helter Skelter," Manson was convicted of conspiracy to commit the murders of seven people, including Sharon Tate and her guests. He has been in jail ever since his conviction, minus his recent medical scare.
Were Brad Pitt to appear in the film, he most likely wouldn't play Manson himself, but could potentially play Tate's husband, filmmaker Roman Polanski.
Despite apprehensions about a director like Tarantino covering such a well-known and horrible crime, he has previously incorporated Hitler into his film Inglorious Basterds, but rewrote history to see the dictator murdered at the hands of Americans. Interestingly, Basterds was the last film in which Tarantino and Pitt collaborated.
Tarantino's last film, The Hateful Eight, had its script leaked long before being turned into a movie, which made the anticipation for the Western slightly underwhelming for the filmmaker's fans. The announcement of this new project is sure to pique the interests of true crime and film fans everywhere.
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