Quentin Tarantino’s 1969 Movie Lands at Sony, Plot Details Revealed


Just a couple of days before Charles Manson passed away in prison at the age of 83, Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film about the Manson family murders finally found a new home at Sony Pictures. The untitled project (currently being called #9 because it is his ninth film) had been shopped around Hollywood over the past few weeks in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and there were three main studios said to be in the running: Warner Brothers, Sony and Paramount. It appears that Sony won out thanks in part to their success as international distributor for Django Unchained, which was Tarantino’s highest grossing movie to date. The basic plot synopsis is 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.”

Some thought Warner Brothers had the inside track because of producer David Heyman’s partnership with Warners and his history with the Harry Potter films, but ultimately Sony offered the best deal. They reportedly agreed to a $95? million production budget, final cut and “extraordinary creative controls” among other demands. The film’s rights also revert back to Tarantino after 10 or 20 years. Clearly Sony is in desperate need of big projects because they don’t have a ton of other major tentpoles currently in development. The movie is expected to shoot in mid-2018 for a potential 2019 release. Are you looking forward to Tarantino’s #9 and do you think it can be a big hit?

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  • Lori Cerny

    Sony does seem desperate. Film should be incredible.

  • Lisa V Benson

    Could be! I wonder who gets to be Manson?