Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio have delivered some exciting news about their new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — It will be based on the Manson killings of the 1960s.
The two took the stage opening night of yesterday’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and shed some light on Tarantino’s hotly anticipated and controversial movie. Tarantino said was “probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done.”
“Sony and myself will be coming to the theatres with the most exciting star dynamic since Paul Newman and Robert Redford,” Tarantino said of DiCaprio and his upcoming co-star Brad Pitt, with who Tarantino worked with on Inglorious Basterds.
“It’s very hush hush and top secret. But I can tell you that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in 1969, at the height of the counterculture, hippy revolution and the height of new Hollywood. Street by street, block by block, we’ll transform Los Angeles into the Hollywood of 1969.”
The plot for the film is an interesting one, it will follow a TV actor and his stunt double as they try to manoeuvre in the midst of the Charles Manson killings of the 1969. Scheduled for a August 2019 release, DiCaprio and Pitt will be reportedly be joined by Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, the actress and model who was tragically murdered by Manson’s ‘Family’ cult while she was pregnant.
DiCaprio expressed his excitement over the project, saying: “It’s hard to speak about a film that we haven’t done yet, but I’m incredibly excited … to work with Brad Pitt, and I think he’s going to transport us. I’m a huge fan of Singin’ in the Rain — movies about Hollywood. As an L.A. native, having read the script, it’s one of the most amazing screenplays. We are going to do our best job to make it fantastic.”
Sony Pictures motion pictures group chairman Tom Rothman has been fanning the flames stating It’s the best screenplay that I have had the privilege to read.”