A previously revealed plot synopsis says the film is set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969 and focuses on a “male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick — who’s also his stunt double — is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.”
Sony hopes to begin production on the film by the middle of 2018, working off of a budget of around $100 million. A release date is set for August 9th, 2019 — the 50th anniversary of Tate murders.
DiCaprio and Tarantino previously teamed up for 2012’s Django Unchained.
In addition to the Manson movie, Tarantino is also set to direct an R-rated Star Trek movie currently being written by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant).