If his latest project comes to fruition, Quentin Tarantino's movie about the Manson family murders will be unlike anything he's done before. The esteemed director is reportedly prepping a film that will offer its own "unique take" on the murders, according to The Hollywood. Based on what's known so far, the movie will recount the 1969 tragedy, in which five people were brutally murdered during a home invasion by Charles Mason's cult of followers. (Manson is currently serving a life sentence in prison after being found guilty in 1971, according to CNN).
Ever since Tarantino's introduction to mainstream filmmaking in the early '90s, he's made movies that tend to err on the side of fiction, highlighted by a few alternate and highly imaginative tales surrounding historical moments, such as Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight. However, this latest project may indicate a new direction, as he plans to retell the events of the Mason murders — which THR says would be his first movie based on a true event.
Although very few specifics are currently available about the film, it's bound to feature snippets of Tarantino's signature cinematic genius throughout. The director is known for vastly dramatized action scenes and alternate subject matter, so it would interesting to see that weaved into a true story. According to IndieWire, Tarantino, who's reportedly already written the script, will also serve as the director.
As for the plot, THR reported that one of the movie's stories, if not the entire narrative, will focus on Sharon Tate, the actor and wife of director Roman Polanski. Tate, who was eight months pregnant, was one of five victims murdered by Manson and his cult on that fateful night in August of '69.
As far as the cast goes, it's likely Tarantino will use his signature style of ensemble casting, which often pairs well-known actors with a mix of up-and-coming entertainers. THR notes that Tarantino hopes to, once again, work with Brad Pitt on the film, and he's reportedly contacted Jennifer Lawrence about a role.
Meanwhile, Deadline indicated that Margot Robbie has also been in talks about a part in the movie (possibly the role of Sharon Tate) and suggests that Tarantino-movie mainstay, Samuel L. Jackson, will also most likely show up in some capacity. Although no date has been revealed, THR reported the project may begin filming somewhere around the summer of 2018. But again, none of this has been confirmed, as Tarantino is reportedly still shopping around the film.
The horrific details surrounding the Mason murders have made it one of the most notorious events to ever take place in Hollywood. Over the years, Mason and his band of followers have been the subject of numerous movies, which seemingly recount the same story time after time. But there's no doubt that Tarantino's penchant for eccentric storytelling will bring a fresh take to this abominable story.