– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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.

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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.

What do you think of this news? Is Sony right to second-guess the project? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Showbiz 411

  • Astroboy3000

    When was the last time Sony was right about anything?

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        They were lucky that no other mediocre family friendly throwaway comedy was out at that time.

  • Moby85

    I think this is overblown. As much as the inquisition of the Metoo movement has gone, Tarantino’s crimes do pale in comparison. He made a stupid and questionable comment about a pedophilic Director and he endangered a star. In the case of Uma Thurman, her hurt comes from the fact that Tarantino and her were a creative pair (I think they dated too at some point?). She trusted him and in the case of filming stunts she relied on him more than a director but as a friend. And he failed, they both admit it.

    Sony is being way, way too sensitive here.

    • Victor Roa

      Tarantino has apologized for that comment on howard stern, but he has been a a credible help for Black Lives Matters protests. It’s a weird problem where they do focus on the wrong things when in reality he has helped a lot more…… because, he’s said a lot of stupid things, including comment over the costume you are wearing in the film Sleep With Me.

  • Victor Roa

    I’m still seconding guessing on the film itself, this comes off as a 1992 script for Natural Born Killers without Oliver Stone adding his own political slant.

  • RadicalAgnostic

    How do you make a Manson movie with Sharon Tate and NOT have Polanski as a minor character at the very *least*

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I think that people were worried when he said he was going to be a prominent character. Like we can’t feel sympathy for someone who just had his wife murdered because he will rape someone later on down the line.

  • Lenin1959

    Telling about the murder of Sharon Tate and her friends without having the 1969 version of Polanski involved seems somehow impossible. But hey, let’s change history for political correctness and make Sidney Poitier be the father of her child.
    This version of political correctness has got to die if its supporters think they can just rewrite history. This is about as damaging to the US and the world as Trump is. Left and right extremists need to be restrained before the country and the world get torn apart.

  • Uber Critic

    To hell with a Manson movie. Manson was an evil coward, who should not be celebrated. Tarantino should shoot a live-action version of the animated film “Heavy Metal”.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Get out of here with those Heavy Metal comments.

      • Uber Critic

        Manson is a failed two-bit musician, who was angry over the fact that his would-be career failed. Hyped up on drugs, he ordered his followers/groupies to kill two pregnant women and hang them upside down with their bellies cut open. That’s your hero. As per “Heavy Metal”, it’s a movie that hails from a punkish and graphically sexual “Twilight Zone” style magazine that influenced “Game of Thrones”. Certainly, Tarantino’s “Kill Bill”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained” filmic style would be a great fit with a live-action Heavy Metal movie, and considering the heat he has been getting from the PC SJW media over the last 3 weeks, it is likely that he may not only be denied the “Manson” movie, but “Star Trek” as well, thus Heavy Metal would make a great fallback position for him. To hell with that coward Manson!!!

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Sony made a Venom movie without Spiderman. They have no room to judge anyone else decisions in film making.

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.