It has been reported this week that almost all of Hollywood’s biggest movies studios are in the process of reading Quentin Tarantino’s completed ninth movie script.
Aside from Disney, which isn’t exactly known for producing movies that are quite as graphic as people have come to expect from Tarantino, it is expected that most studios will be interested in giving the auteur’s work a new home. Although the original plan was to make the $100 million project with The Weinstein Company, Tarantino is now publicly shopping around for new space since his split from TWC following the serious sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
The new movie is currently without a title, but for the time being, it is known simply as ‘Number 9’. Reports so far claim that the new film will be set in the 1960s and ‘70s, inspired by the Manson family cult. In the late 1960s in California, Charles Milles Manson developed a commune that went on to commit a series of nine murders throughout the summer of 1969. They became global news after the death of actress Sharon Tate and have been a symbol of humanity’s capable for evil in popular culture in the decades since. It certainly makes for the kind of story that would appeal to Tarantino’s brutal style.
Few details have been released about the plot, but reputable sources have suggested it has been crafted in a similar style to Inglourious Basterds, with a setting founded in historical fact and original characters on the fringes of the famous action.
At such an early stage, nothing is set in stone, but there are already rumours that Tarantino has some very specific things in mind for this film – including the cast. It has already been reported that Margot Robbie has been approached for the role of Sharon Tate. There is also speculation that Tarantino has eyes on Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Leondardo DiCaprio and Samuel L Jackson for the new film.
The full process can only begin once the funding has been secured from a studio. Assuming a creator with Tarantino’s clout will be snapped up fairly quickly, current estimates put the beginning of production at some point in mid-2018 for a 2019 release.