If initial reports are to be believed, cult filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s next project will be his first that’s based on a true story. The Hollywood Reporter was first to announce that the lauded auteur has written a script based on the Tate/LaBianca murders orchestrated by The Manson Family in the 1960’s. What’s more, we’re being told Tarantino has already offered roles to a slew of Hollywood A-Listers.
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.
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Brad Pitt has experience playing Mason-esque sociopath Early Grayce in 1993’s Kalifornia, directed by Dominic Sena. Whether Tarantino is imagining Pitt playing Mason or his right-hand man Charles Denton “Tex” Watson is anybody’s guess; whether Pitt is even interested is also unknown. Truthfully, it’s all just conjecture at this point.
The Manson family murders and the subsequent trial in 1971 became a catalyzing moment in American history, with many associating the crimes with the end of the 1960’s hippy movement. Prosecuting attorney Vincent Bugliosi’s nonfictional account, Helter Skelter, was an unprecedented bestseller and remains in active publication to this day.
Charles Manson is currently serving a life sentence at California State Prison in Corcoran. Check out the video below for a discussion on the lasting legacy of this master manipulator and his shocking crimes.