It’s one of the biggest questions arising from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the effects it had on the Weinstein Company, and that was “What will happen to Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film?” Previously thought to be a movie about Charles Manson, but clarified as a movie about L.A. during the late ’60s and early ’70s, Tarantino’s latest will be financed and distributed by Sony Pictures, who won the heated bid after Tarantino hit the town looking for a new production partner and distributor.
The movie currently has the working title of #9 which is a reference to it being Tarantino’s ninth film, but also to the song “Revolution 9,” a sound collage on the Beatles’ 1968 self-titled album more commonly known as the “White Album.” Also on that album is the song “Helter Skelter” which inspired Charles Manson and his followers to commit the murders at the Sharon Tate house. Tarantino is still hoping to get Margot Robbie to play Tate.
Sony won the movie during a bidding war that involved most of the studios and a few financiers looking to fund the movie and even some of the smaller studio subsidiaries pushing for the domestic release rights.
Tarantino’s reps at WME negotiated the deal for the ensemble piece for which Tarantino has already been talking to the likes of Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio to play the two main male roles.
David Heyman (Gravity) will be producing the movie with Tarantino and Shannon McIntosh, along with Georgia Kacandes as exec. and line producer.
Sony head Tom Rothman played a large part in getting Tarantino over to Sony, as the studio chased the movie’s worldwide rights down, having recently lost the domestic rights to the James Bond franchise to Annapurna.
The budget for #9 will be in the same ballpark as Django Unchained, and the movie will be set in Los Angeles with production to begin sometime next year for a 2019 release.
Deadline initially reported on this story.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor