Quentin Tarantino’s next movie now has an official title. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’ll be called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt will star in the movie, which will in some way involve Sharon Tate and presumably her murder at the hands of Charles Manson’s followers.
Here is how Tarantino describes Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: “A story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate.”
According to the report, DiCaprio and Pitt each had “strenuous” negotiations with production company Sony regarding their contracts. Sources told the site that DiCaprio was close to walking away before ultimately coming to terms with Sony.
DiCaprio and Pitt have worked with Tarantino before; Pitt starred in Inglourious Basterds, while DiCaprio was in Django Unchained. As for Tarantino, he said in a statement that he’s been working on the script for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for five years, also noting that he’s been a resident of Los Angeles for the better part of his life. He also noted that he was a 7-year-old living in Los Angeles when Tate and four others were murdered.
“I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore,” Tarantino said. “And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”
According to Variety reporter Justin Kroll, actress Margot Robbie is still in talks to play Tate. He added that Tarantino is also now talking with other actors for smaller roles, and those should be announced in due time.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens in theatres on August 9, 2019. That is the 50th anniversary of the day that Tate was murdered.
It will be Tarantino’s first film with Sony Pictures after the director parted ways with The Weinstein Company in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.