– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For the past week or two, studios have been putting on a big dog and pony show for filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, in hopes of landing worldwide distribution rights to his latest film, which will be set in 1969, around the time of the infamous Charles Manson family murders. According to Deadline, Sony beat out virtually every other big studio (excluding Disney), including Warner Bros. and Paramount.

The deciding factor for Tarantino revolved around Sony exec Tom Rothman’s film history knowledge. As a huge lover of the medium, he likely struck a chord with the filmmaker that helped to win him over. Of course, there are also the terms to consider.

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The terms of the deal aren’t fully known, but there are a couple of details, courtesy of Variety. According to them, Tarantino is demanding a budget of around $100 million (which isn’t new), in addition to first dollar gross on the film. This means that he will be getting some of the revenue on the film, before any of their taxes, fees, expenses, or debts are paid off. Basically, he gets a percentage of the gross income, rather than just a taste of the profits. This narrowed the playing field quite a bit, as it’s understandably difficult for a studio to make money with these terms.

One other note in the report that’s worth mentioning is that some studios were put off by the “controversial subject matter.” Given that the Manson murders will be a part of the backdrop in some way (though Tarantino has since clarified that the movie isn’t ABOUT the murders), it’s easy to see why. We’re likely to see Tarantino at his most unflinching.

This is a huge get for Sony. While they haven’t exactly flopped hard recently (despite questionable films and terrible critical reception), they have a bad habit of relying solely on brand names. This film from Tarantino will hopefully give them extra credibility.

This changeup from The Weinstein Company (Tarantino’s longtime partner) to Sony comes on the heels of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, making it necessary for Tarantino to sever ties. Needless to say, this put Tarantino in quite the position to bargain for these ridiculous terms.

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SOURCE: Variety, Deadline

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Quentin Sonytino.

    • Lane Meyer

      Not your best. Not at all.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        I know, I couldn’t think of anything and didn’t want to leave an empty discussion thread. How about a pitch by Tarantino to Sony on a Spiderverse movie?
        We follow Robby Robertson (Ernie Hudson) as he works for the Daily Bugle. He’s about to break a big story on local crime syndicate until a former childhood associate (Denzel Washington) begs him to differ. That childhood friend is now a muscle for the mob who goes by the name of Tombstone.
        Cameo by Sam L Jackson as Nick Fury.

  • Moby85

    I’m excited for each Tarantino film as I believe he will stick to the “10 and done” mantra he’s spoken of. I also felt the Hateful Eight was an unfortunately “average” Tarantino film. He clearly lost some steam over the leaked script, which only a few of his hand-picked actor/muses had at the time. He’s not the type that can just get that out of his mind.

    With only one film remaining I really, really hope he goes to Sci-Fi somehow. It’s the genre I’d most like to see him tackle. The Manson Murders…Kay…But it’s just not a topic I’m intrinsically geeking out about.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.