The 26-year-old actress and wife of director Roman Polanski was killed on August 9, 1969, by the Manson Family at her home in Los Angeles. Frequent collaborators Harvey and Bob Weinstein are said to be involved and the project is reportedly in the early stages of being shopped to studios and distributors.
Quentin Tarantino has long vowed to retire after finishing 10 films, a plan he most recently reiterated at an Adobe conference late previous year.
Tarantino is apparently already meeting actors about the project, with the likes of Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie all said to be in the mix. Plenty of time to listen to Karina Longworth's Manson episodes of You Must Remember This before then! Deadline notes that Pitt-who worked with Tarantino on Inglourious Basterds-is being courted to play the detective investigating the murder, while Variety's Justin Kroll instead says he's being eyed to play the prosecutor in the Manson trial.
This will be the filmmaker's first feature film based on real life people, and is expected to go into production next year.
Tarantino has always been interested in eschewing historical accuracy in favor of puncturing assumptions about film genres and, in particular, the mechanics of violence. (Manson is now serving a life sentence in prison after being found guilty in 1971, according to CNN).
The Hollywood Reporter has details on the director's new film, which follows up 2015's The Hateful Eight. Which promises to be even more gruesome, as those murders occurred when Manson's followers entered Tate's home and used guns and knives to brutally murder her (she was eight months pregnant at the time) and four others inside.