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Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film finds a studio home

Friday, November 17, 2017 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

After a heavy-duty bidding war for the ninth feature by writer/director Quentin Tarantino (as we reported here), one studio has won the rights to the movie, which begins shooting next year.

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures will finance and distribute the film, which is simply known as #9 at this point. The word up until this point has been that it focuses on Charles Manson and the murders committed by his followers, but the site now says that the crimes are just one part of a wider story set in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Manson victim Sharon Tate is a key character, however, and Tarantino is anxious to have Margot Robbie play that role; the filmmaker has also had talks with Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt for two leading male parts. Like all of Tarantino’s movies, #9 will be R-rated, and a budget in the $100-million range was part of his terms for making the studio deal.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.