Quentin Tarantino may have found his next movie, one that's already proving controversial despite scarce details. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino has written and will direct "a unique take" on the murders carried out by Charles Manson and his followers in the 1960s. Details of the script aren't clear, but the film will reportedly include the brutal Aug. 9, 1969, killings of five people, including a pregnant Sharon Tate, at the Los Angeles home she shared with her husband, Roman Polanski. Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie, and Samuel L. Jackson have reportedly been approached. Deadline reports Robbie is eyed to play Tate, while Pitt may take on the role of the detective investigating the murders.
Filming isn't scheduled to begin until 2018, but Josh Dickey is already convinced the movie is a "disgusting idea." There will be no sensitivity from the director who "made killing seem stylish and cool," he writes at Mashable, predicting a distasteful "gore-fest." At the Washington Post, however, Travis M. Andrews notes the "no-holds-barred, blood-soaked epics" Tarantino is famous for make this pairing "seem like a perfect fit." Joanna Robinson at Vanity Fair even hopes for more than a feature film: Only a miniseries—which Tarantino has suggested he might be interested in at some point—can capture "the slow creep of [Manson's] mania and the long unraveling of his tight-knit 'family,'" Robinson writes. (One of the killers involved in the Tate murder scene was just denied parole.)