Considering he’s only made eight proper movies in the last two decades, a film from Quentin Tarantino is always a big event in the industry. Typically, news that Tarantino has finished a new script means that the film is getting very close to beginning production. But this time, with the script for his new movie—a drama set in the late ’60s—finally completed, the director finds himself in a weird position. After making every movie in his career for Miramax and The Weinstein Company, Tarantino has no home for his ninth movie.
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Tarantino has decided to part ways with his longtime friend and collaborator after a number of allegations of sexual assault have left the once-powerful Harvey Weinstein in disgrace. Tarantino said he was appalled by the allegations, but admitted he was complicit to Weinstein’s behavior. “I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino told The New York Times. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”
With The Weinstein Company in shambles, Tarantino is currently searching for a new place to make his movie. As Deadline reports, the script is currently being shopped to every major studio except for Disney (which should be obvious to anyone who’s seen a Tarantino movie):
The aspirants for Tarantino’s next film are limited to the major studios, because Tarantino and his WME reps wanted to make one deal with a studio that has the ability to release the picture globally. There has been a lot of press that the script focuses on Charles Manson and the murder spree he orchestrated, but I’m told that is akin to calling Inglourious Basterds a movie about Adolf Hitler, when the Nazi leader was only in a scene or two. Deadline reported months ago that Margot Robbie had been asked to play Manson murder victim Sharon Tate, and Tarantino has roles for—and has had conversations with—the likes of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson, who’ve all starred in his movies before. But no casting commitments have been made so far.
Tarantino is expected to find a deal within the next two weeks.