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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (working title: #9 aka Untitled #9 aka No. 9 aka OUATIH) is Quentin Tarantino's upcoming and ninth motion picture. The full story is currently unknown, what is known is that the film is set in Los Angeles in 1969 (see below). The title was revealed on February 29th 2018 as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Story

Tarantino has repeatedly stated that the movie is not about Charles Manson, but one of his victims, Sharon Tate, seems to be a main character in the story. "Those who’ve read it said the script has heart and a strong commercial appeal, and if there is a film of Tarantino’s it can be best compared to, it would be Pulp Fiction, which also was set in Los Angeles. The film will carry a budget in the range of Django Unchained." (Deadline). According to Variety, the plot involves a male TV actor and his stunt double sidekick looking for a way into the movie biz after one hit series. The murder of Sharon Tate and her friends by the hands of Charles Manson's murderous family is the backdrop to the main story. According to Tarantino via Sony, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is "a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate.”

Peter Bart & Mike Fleming of Deadline described Leo's character more in detail as "an actor who had his own Western show "Bounty Law" that ran on the air from 1958 to 1963. His attempt to transition to movies didn’t work out and in 1969 — the film is set at the height of hippy Hollywood movement– he’s guesting on other people’s shows while contemplating going to Italy which has become a hotbed for low-budget Westerns."

Leonardo DiCaprio (as Rick Dalton) and Brad Pitt (as Cliff Booth) are confirmed as the two male leads. Actors and actresses rumored to be in talks for roles are Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate) and Tom Cruise. Said Tarantino: “I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was seven years old. I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.” (Deadline, March 1)

Production

Production began mid-2018 for a worldwide August 9, 2019 release, aiming for an R-rating. The budget is said to be approx $100 million. The deal with Sony Pictures is said to include first-dollar gross and final cut on the film for Quentin.

It will be produced at and distributed with Sony Pictures (worldwide). Producers are David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino. Executive and line producer: Georgia Kacandes. Quentin's L. Driver Productions, Inc. and Heyday Films, Mr Heyman's shop, are so far listed as production companies.

News chronology

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Image: Leo and Quentin at CinemaCon (Source:Deadline.com)

Fact box

  • Release date: July 26, 2019 (previously August 9)
  • Budget: approx $100 million
  • Rating: R (USA)
  • Distribution: Sony Pictures
  • Production companies: L. Driver Productions; Heyday Films
  • Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio (as Rick Dalton), Brad Pitt (as Cliff Booth)
  • Written and directed by: Quentin Tarantino
  • Director of Photography: Robert Richardson
  • Editor: Fred Raskin (unconfirmed)
  • Producers: David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino, Georgia Kacandes.
  • Links: IMDb (no reliable info at this point) | Discuss in our forums | Official Twitter | Official Facebook

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