Tuesday, July 11, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Word has gotten out that Quentin Tarantino’s next film will be a drama revolving around the Manson Family murders. Deadline has heard that Tarantino met with Margot Robbie to potentially play Sharon Tate, the actress wife of director Roman Polanski who was slain in 1969 in a brutal murder whose savagery shocked the country.
I’ve also heard that Samuel L. Jackson likely also will play a lead in the film, not a surprise since he is to Tarantino what Clarence Clemons was to Bruce Springsteen. A report in THR posited Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds star Brad Pitt (and Deadline hears he’s being courted to play the detective investigating the murder) as well as possibly Jennifer Lawrence.
Clearly word of this has gotten out before Tarantino was ready, but every project by the writer-director is major news. No one is confirming anything at this point, and I don’t think any roles have been promised yet. Robbie will reprise in Suicide Squad 2, which now is courting Jaume Collet-Serra to direct at Warner Bros, and she starred in and produced I, Tonya, playing disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.
Nobody has read the new script, so all this is a bit liquid at the moment. I just hope Tarantino watermarks the scripts this time before showing them to his potential cast! Stay tuned.

Quentin Tarantino is quietly starting to put together his latest project, and is talking to A-list actors for what is promising to be a unique take on the Manson Family murders.
The project, whose title is unknown, was written by Tarantino who would also direct. Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who have produced and exec produced the previous Tarantino films, are involved, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
WME is said to be in the early stages of shopping the project to studios to co-finance and co-distribute the venture. The move apes the way Tarantino and the Weinsteins made the filmmaker’s 2009 movie, Inglourious Basterds, which had Universal Studios as a financial and distributing partner.
Sources say that Tarantino is putting the finishing touches on the script and that Brad Pitt, who worked with the filmmaker on Basterds, and Jennifer Lawrence have been approached. Studios could receive the package after Labor Day, according to one source. The plan is to shoot in 2018, possibly in the summer.
Script details are fuzzy but one of the story's centers is on Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of director Roman Polanski who was murdered by Manson and his followers in 1969.
Manson had ordered a group of his followers to attack the inhabitants of a house in the Benedict Canyon part of Los Angeles, believing it was owned by a record produced who earlier had rejected him.
Over the course of several hours on the night of Aug. 8, the four followers, using guns and knives, brutally killed Tate, who was eight months pregnant, and four other occupants.
In 1971, Manson and certain members of his crew were sentenced to life imprisonment for these and several other murders committed that summer.
If the Manson-Tate project does become Tarantino’s next film, it becomes unique in that it will be his first movie to be based on true events. Tarantino has molded his career into taking his favorite genres such as crime, Westerns and blaxploitation and elevating them to A-list status while also paying homage to them.
And he has proven to be able to create strong and memorable female roles, from Jackie Brown in Jackie Brown to the Bride in Kill Bill to the female characters on display in Death Proof.
Tate could be the latest to join that list.
Any actor involvement is on the early side and one insider said that Lawrence is not considering the Tate role.


2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

Early festival breakouts and likely fall festival players are among our early contenders for the adapted Oscar.

Sundance broke out Dee Rees’ post-World War II epic “Mudbound,” a script of sweeping ambition and detail adapted by Rees and Virgil Williams from the Hilary Jordan novel. Netflix picked up the movie for the Sundance 2017 record of $12.5 million, and plans a full-on Oscar campaign, despite a limited theatrical day-and-date release.
Also rising to instant Oscar contention was Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” an elegiac summer love story set in Italy, between a vacationing teenager (Timothee Chalumet) and his father’s researcher (Armie Hammer). Sony Pictures Classics will hit the fall festivals with the critics’ darling.
Cannes introduced Todd Haynes’ cinematic tour-de-force “Wonderstruck,” adapted by Brian Selznick from his own graphic novel, which intercuts two periods, the 20s and the 70s, in silent black-and-white and color with sound. The film is the Centerpiece gala at the New York Film Festival.
Also debuting at Cannes was director-prize-winner Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” which she adapted from the Thomas Cullinen novel and Don Siegel’s 1971 movie. The Civil War southern gothic is a summer arthouse hit for Focus Features.
With global blockbuster “Logan,” Scott Frank and director James Mangold crafted a last Wolverine movie for Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart as an emotionally moving, human-scale family drama.
Check out the (alphabetical) contenders below: No film will be deemed a front runner until I have seen it.

Sofia Coppola (“The Beguiled”)
Scott Frank and James Mangold (“Logan”)
Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”)
Dee Rees and Virgil Williams (“Mudbound”)
Brian Selznick (“Wonderstruck”)

Hossein Amini, Matthew Michael Carnahan (“The Snowman”)
Destin Daniel Cretton, Marti Noxon, Andrew Lanham (“The Glass Castle”)
Helen Edmundson, Philippa Goslett (“Mary Magdalene”)
Hampton Fancher, Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2049”)
J. Mills Goodloe, Chris Weitz (“The Mountain Between Us”)
Michael Green (“Murder on the Orient Express”)
Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs (“Wonder Woman”)
Armando Ianucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows (“The Death of Stalin”)
Rian Johnson (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (“The Disaster Artist”)
Scott Neustadler, Michael H. Weber (“Our Souls at Night”)
John Pollono (“Stronger”)
Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Really Never Here”)
Stephen Schiff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz (“American Assassin”)
Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”)
Loung Ung, Angelina Jolie (“First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers”)

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