Late last year, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino had studios in the palm of his hand. If you’ll recall, on the heels of the Harvey Weinstein accusations, Tarantino opted to peddle his wares elsewhere, and this incited a unique bidding war. Rather than beg at the feet of the other studios, the studios were forced to kiss the ring of the acclaimed writer-director in order to get the rights to distribute the films.
As such, Tarantino was able to set the terms of budget, profits, and a whole lot of stuff in between. It was an unprecedented amount of power in one filmmaker’s hand, and as an audience member, I was thrilled to see what this Manson project (tentatively titled 1969) would be like.
However, in the past few weeks, Tarantino’s taken a bit of a hit. Kill Bill star Uma Thurman shared an instance on set where his behavior led to her injury (she later backed off and defended him), and then there was a resurfaced interview where Tarantino defended convicted rapist Roman Polanski, saying that then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer “wanted it.” To add to the craziness, there were rumors that Roman Polanski would actually be a character in his film (with someone else set to play the director).
According to Showbiz 411, this is all culminating in kind of a perfect storm. Sony, who won the rights in the aforementioned bidding war, is now second-guessing whether or not they want to actually make this film, given all the potentially-objectionable aspects of it. The outlet goes on to say that should Tarantino want this film to get made, he may have to go to independent financing.
Sadly, the outlet doesn’t delve into any specifics, but if true, this could spell a delay for the project, and should Tarantino have to find independent financiers, he may have to rewrite things to help cut the budget.
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SOURCE: Showbiz 411