Quentin Tarantino has long been promising to retire after making 10 films, and it doesn't take a mastermind to figure out that after The Hateful Eight, he's only got two left in his locker.
Fortunately he appears to be pulling out all the stops for what could be his penultimate venture. Deadline reports "all of the major studios except Disney are currently reading the finish script for the project" which is being referred to as #9 and is based on the Manson Family murders.
That said, a source told Deadline that although "the script focuses on Charles Manson and the murder spree he orchestrated" that comparison is "akin to calling Inglourious Basterds a movie about Adolf Hitler."
The director has recently voiced his regrets about not speaking up speaking up about Harvey Weinstein and thus will not be working with The Weinstein Studio or Miramax. It will be a first for him as he's worked with Weinstein for every film in his career from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds right up to Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.
In terms of casting Deadline previously reported that Margot Robbie had been asked to play Manson murder victim Sharon Tate, and now add that "Tarantino has roles for — and has had conversations with — the likes of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, who've all starred in his movies before."
The budget is reportedly set to match that of Djano Unchained ($100m) and "it is expected that the hard conversations will begin early next week, with a deal culminating within the next two weeks."