Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will put one of Tinseltown’s most infamous crimes, the 1969 murders by the Manson Family, through the madcap–and often quasi-historical–lens of writer-director Quentin Tarantino. It will also be Tarantino’s first effort since 2015’s The Hateful Eight, meaning it is supposedly his penultimate film.
The film is set in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, which includes the Tate-LaBianca murders, but there is no word yet on whether the film will recreate the historic events or use them as the backdrop to another story.
Charles Manson was the leader, and proposed lead singer, of the Manson Family, a fringe group of outsiders who became the most famous mass murderers in America. In 1969 they committed a string of murders in the Los Angeles area that included director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. The murders were brutal. Tate was stabbed 16 times. Manson was trying to instigate a race war where he would be put in charge of the survivors after the fallout. The crime shocked America and brought an abrupt end to the revolutionary decade. Manson died in a Bakersfield hospital at the age of 83 on Nov. 19, 2017.