'It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969'

By David Canfield
November 20, 2017 at 11:15 AM EST

After some cryptic messaging from Quentin Tarantino, plot details on the director’s upcoming movie have begun surfacing.

Citing a source who has read the script for the untitled film, Vanity Fair posted a preliminary synopsis that reads as follows: “Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie…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.”

Charles Manson, the infamous cult leader and murderer, died of natural causes on Sunday.

Per Deadline, Tarantino is eyeing Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) to play the role of Tate, while Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Leonardo DiCaprio have all been floated as possibilities to star opposite her. Earlier this month, it was reported that Tarantino had finished the script for the film. He told IndieWire, vaguely, of the plot: “It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969.”

Vanity Fair reports Tarantino is hoping to secure a budget of approximately $100 million for the movie. In the wake of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, Tarantino had been busy fielding offers for a new studio partner. Last week, it was confirmed that he’d reached an agreement with Sony Pictures, which secured worldwide distribution rights, after an intense bidding war.

Tarantino had worked with Weinstein for decades before severing ties and, in a frank New York Times interview, admitted to knowing about Weinstein’s alleged behavior long before it became public. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip,” he said. “It wasn’t second hand. I knew he did a couple of these things. I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would not have had to work with him.”