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Quentin Tarantino Says His Next Movie Is More About 1969 Than Charles Manson

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Quentin Tarantino has been shopping around his untitled Manson family drama since cutting ties with The Weinstein Company following the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein. While we don’t know what the title is, or what the plot is, or for sure who’s in it, we do know that it’s about notorious American serial killer Charles Manson. Well, kinda.

“It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969,” Tarantino said, per Indiewire, at a post-screening event honoring Sofia Coppola and her new film The Beguiled. Supposedly that means it’s about Manson as much as Inglourious Basterds is about Hitler — that is, mostly tangentially. Tarantino said he’d just finished a round a pitch meetings with five studios with worldwide distribution seeking to finance his Manson movie. Margot Robbie is rumored to play Sharon Tate for the project, and Tarantino also reportedly has Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson on retainer.

Tarantino says, “It’s a level playing field” in regards to which studio he’ll pick to finance his project, and he doesn’t know for sure yet. He’ll be ready to start working on the movie in January after tinkering around with the script and getting married(!). Tarantino cut ties with the Weinstein Company, which has financed all of his films since 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, after sexual harassment and assault allegations against former TWC chief Harvey Weinstein went public last month.

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