The movie, which will be the first for Tarantino without his longtime producer-distributor Harvey Weinstein, does not yet have a cast.
According to Deadline, the Manson movie will be an ensemble movie (Tarantino's specialty) similar to his hit film Pulp Fiction. The release date for the picture coincides with the 50th anniversary of the date Sharon Tate was murder at the hands of the Manson family.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed in July of a year ago that Tarantino was in the final stages of completing the script, and that one of the film's arcs will focus on Sharon Tate, then an actress and the wife of director Roman Polanski. DiCaprio is the first actor to officially sign on to the project, and the production is still going after Margot Robbie to play Sharon Tate with Tom Cruise also being eyed for another role. While the role is said to be "meaty", nearly no specific details have been released about the plot or the character.
Are you looking forward to Tarantino and DiCaprio teaming up again? Apparently, Cruise and Brad Pitt were up for the same role, which is rumored to be that of a prosecutor, and that it's Cruise's part if he wants it.
Variety also reports that Tarantino wrote a role specifically for Al Pacino.
Tarantino's Manson movie was picked up by Sony in November, the same month that the cult leader died after spending 46 years in prison. Using the Manson Murders as a backdrop is a flawless fit for the director's sensibilities and creative outlook.
However, in the same way that InglouriousBasterds wasn't just a movie about Hitler, Tarantino's movie isn't thought to be focused exclusively around Manson or Tate. If the Academy takes a liking to his latest creation, then Tarantion may end up adding even more Oscars to his shelf.