Quentin Tarantino has lifted the lid on what fans can expect from Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, his hotly anticipated movie focusing on the infamous Charles Manson murders of the 1960s – and fans should be excited.
Tarantino opened up about his plans for the movie during an appearance at CinemaCon alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, where he revealed the film is “probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done.”
The Kill Bill filmmaker went one step further than that though, suggesting the film could rank among his best yet thanks to the dynamic pairing of DiCaprio and co-star Brad Pitt in the two central roles.
“Sony and myself will be coming to the theaters with the most exciting star dynamic since Paul Newman and Robert Redford,” he said.
Tarantino went on to reveal a few key details about the project, while taking care not to give away too much.
“It’s very hush-hush and top secret. But I can tell you that Once Upon a Time in Hollywoodtakes place in 1969, at the height of the counterculture hippie revolution and the height of new Hollywood. Street by street, block by block, we’ll transform Los Angeles into the Hollywood of 1969.”
DiCaprio was similarly gushing, adding: “It’s hard to speak about a film that we haven’t done yet, but I’m incredibly excited…to work with Brad Pitt, and I think he’s going to transport us.”
“I’m a huge fan of Singin’ in the Rain — movies about Hollywood. As an L.A. native, having read the script, it’s one of the most amazing screenplays. We are going to do our best job to make it fantastic.”
It’s fast shaping up to be the most anticipated movie of the year, with Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures motion picture group chairman, describing it as “best screenplay that I have had the privilege to read.”
The official plot for the film was leaded to Vanity Fair:
“Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, 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.”
Tarantino, meanwhile, said the following to Deadline:
“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.”
With Margot Robbie and Jennifer Lawrence both rumoured to be in the running to play Tate, this could end up delivering what Tarantino fans have been crying out for all these years: a worthy successor to Pulp Fiction.