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- Quentin Tarantino has decided to go with Sony for his next movie.
- Previously he had only worked with Harvey Weinstein-owned companies Miramax and The Weinstein Company.
- His ninth movie will be set in late 1960s Los Angeles.
After practically every movie studio in Hollywood tried to get his attention, Quentin Tarantino has decided where he will release his ninth feature.
Sony will be the home for the legendary writer-director’s upcoming movie that’s set in late 1960s Los Angeles.
Deadline reported the deal Friday, and Sony has confirmed the deal to Business Insider.
Though the director says it’s not centered around Charles Manson, it seems it will touch on the Manson Family, and Tarantino is eyeing Margot Robbie to play starlet Sharon Tate, who was murdered by Manson’s followers.
Other actor names floating around for the project include Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Outside of Disney, which reportedly wasn’t interested, numerous studios and distributors tried to woo Tarantino, according to Deadline – from Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. to Lionsgate and Annapurna. It seems Tarantino was impressed with Sony head Tom Rothman’s film knowledge, according to Deadline. Tarantino is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of all things movies.
Sony is only the second company Tarantino has ever worked with to release his films in his career.
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Before this Tarantino, worked exclusively with Harvey and Bob Weinstein at Miramax and then The Weinstein Company. Miramax found its footing in the business after releasing Tarantino’s second feature, “Reservoir Dogs” (Tarantino’s debut, “My Best Friend’s Birthday,” never got a theatrical release), and then his follow-up, the mega-hit “Pulp Fiction.” From then on Miramax was known as The House Quentin Built. When the brothers left Miramax and started The Weinstein Company in 2005, Tarantino followed and made more critically acclaimed movies like “Kill Bill” and “The Hateful Eight.”
However, following the bombshell story of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assault of women over decades, Harvey has fled the business and it’s unknown if The Weinstein Company will survive.
Tarantino hopes to begin production on his yet untitled movie in Los Angeles by mid-2018, for a 2019 release.
Here’s the memo sent to Sony employees on Friday:
Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to report that late last night, Sony did indeed succeed in securing the worldwide rights in all media to Quentin Tarantino’s next epic film. I was looking forward to sharing the news with you all myself this morning, but unfortunately the story leaked. Bottom line: Quentin chose Sony over many other competitors. And he did this because of all of YOU! He remembers well the outstanding job the company did on “Django,” and was particularly impressed last week by the presentation of our marketing and distribution capabilities, both domestically and internationally. I’m grateful to all who worked to make this happen and confident that we will do a great job for him on this film and others to come. It’s a real credit to the studio and to each of you. Congrats, Tom Rothman Chairman Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group