You may not be aware, but Quentin Tarantino has a new movie on the cards. It was 2016 when his last film, The Hateful Eight, was released, and anticipation is steadily building for his new film. Here's what we know so far.
It doesn't yet have an official title
Tentatively referred to as 1969, the movie's working title is #9. It occupies the tricky post-Summer of Love period in America. A turbulent period in which flower power and peace transitioned into an atmosphere of paranoia and violence, it seems ideal territory for the director of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained.
It's not strictly about serial killer Charles Manson
When #9 was first announced, it seemed Tarantino was embarking on a biographical film about infamous psychopath Charles Manson. A figure synonymous with the dark and difficult end to the sixties, Manson and his followers, or 'family', were responsible for orchestrating the brutal murder of Sharon Tate, wife of film director Roman Polanski.
However, Tarantino has since played down such talk, stating, "It's not Manson, it's 1969". The scope of the film therefore sounds wider than what was initially thought.
Vanity Fair revealed the following plot details
"Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino's upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, focuses on a male TV actor who's had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who's also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson's cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story."
It's being distributed by Sony in America
Variety reports a fierce bidding war for Tarantino's script, which was eventually clinched by Sony chief Tom Rothman after a battle with other major studios Paramount and Warner Bros. With a hefty budget of $100 million, it seems the studio have a lot of confidence in the project.
It's being produced by David Heyman
Don't know the name? What if we told you he's the man behind Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts? We imagine your interest has just been piqued even further.
Leonardo DiCaprio will star
Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio stunned as the vile, racist plantation owner Calvin Candie in the director's Django Unchained. In fact, he got so into the part, he cut his hand open for real when filming the dinner table sequence.
The news that he and Tarantino are reuniting is therefore very exciting. (It'll be DiCaprio's first film since clinching the Oscar for The Revenant.) According to Deadline, the actor is on board although no deal has yet been finalised. They report DiCaprio will be playing an "ageing actor" – whether it's the same character mentioned in the above Vanity Fair synopsis remains to be seen.
DiCaprio's role has been revealed
According to Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr., DiCaprio plays "an actor who had his own Western show, Bounty Law, that ran on the air from 1958 to 1963. His attempt to transition to movies didn’t work out and in 1969 — the film is set at the height of hippy Hollywood movement– he’s guesting on other people’s shows while contemplating going to Italy which has become a hotbed for low-budget Westerns."
Fleming Jr. further describes the plot as a "Pulp Fiction-esque tapestry of Los Angeles during the summer of the Manson murders."
Tarantino wants Margot Robbie in the movie
Margot Robbie is currently riding high off her awards-buzzed performance as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya (released in February). If she were to star, it would mark a Wolf of Wall Street reunion between her and Leonardo DiCaprio. Deadline reports that she's been asked to play victim Sharon Tate, although her involvement isn't yet official.
He also wants Al Pacino
If the prospect of Tarantino working with the Godfather and Scarface acting legend isn't exciting, then nothing is. According to Variety Pacino is being courted for a key role in the movie.
... And potentially Tom Cruise
The same report also indicates the Mission: Impossible actor is being connected to Tarantino's latest. In fact, we suggested a couple of months back that Cruise really ought to collaborate with the filmmaker... Check out our list here.
It's released next year
The movie opens in America on 9th August 2019. It remains to be seen if we'll get the movie in the same month, but there is a precedent: 2009's Inglourious Basterds was released in the same month in the UK, proving a box office hit. The movie's release in 2019 is set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Tate's murder.
It may be Tarantino's penultimate movie...
Following this, Tarantino's reportedly final movie will be his long-gestating Star Trek project. Dyed in the wool fan Tarantino has expressed his desire to make a "hardcore" Trek movie, according to Vanity Fair, working with The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith and producer JJ Abrams. Don't believe Tarantino's Trekkie credentials? This episode of the Nerdist podcast may just change your mind.
Even so, the prospect of a world with no more Tarantino movies in it may have you reacting like this...