Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio made a surprise appearance at CinemaCon 2018 in Las Vegas to promote the filmmaker’s upcoming project, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It’s the first time Tarantino talked publicly about the movie.
Brad Pitt will star alongside DiCaprio in the film, which Sony Pictures revealed earlier this year will centre on two men who lived next door to actress Sharon Tate, who was famously killed by the Manon family in 1969.
Shooting has yet to commence on the film, which is due for release on Aug. 9, 2019, reported USA Today.
“In 2019 at the end of the summer, August, as they are setting off the last explosion of the last franchise movie of the summer, Sony and myself will be coming to the theaters with the most exciting star dynamic-duo since Robert Redford and Paul Newman —Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” said Tarantino.
Tarantino released few details about the film and did not mention if it was a Sharon Tate project or if it centred on Charles Manson. Manson’s cult killed Tate on Aug. 9, 1969, 50 years to the date of the film’s expected release.
According to the filmmaker, the movie takes place in Hollywood in 1969 during “the height of the counterculture explosion, at the time of the hippie revolution and the height of New Hollywood.”
During the filmmaking process, Tarantino vows to turn Los Angeles into the “psychedelic era of Hollywood 1969.” Filming will start this summer.
DiCaprio said he was “incredibly excited” to make the film, even though they have yet to shoot any footage. “He’s going to transport us into a different era,” the actor added, noting that Tarantino’s script is “the most amazing screenplay he’s ever written, and that’s saying a lot.”
Tarantino is known for films including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight.
The filmmaker garnered controversy during the #metoo movement late last year for his close relationship with Harvey Weinstein. Tarantino admitted that he knew about Weinstein’s sexual misconduct towards women long before it was uncovered in 2017. In February 2018, actress Uma Thurman accused Tarantino of mistreating her on the set of Kill Bill during a driving scene, which resulted in a crash. Tarantino later called it “heartbreaking” and “one of the biggest regrets of my career.”