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Tarantino to make movie about Manson murders

Charles Manson Being Escorted to Court

The force behind "Pulp Fiction" is keeping it real next time. Quentin Tarantino, who wrote and directed the unconventional 1994 hit film, is developing a new movie about 1960s cult leader Charles Manson's deadliest night.

The untitled project is reportedly in the early stages of development. Tarantino, 54, who won Oscars for writing "Pulp Fiction" and 2012's "Django Unchained," is finishing up the script and shopping it around.

The actors getting a first look at the screenplay include Brad Pitt, who starred in Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" in 2009, and Jennifer Lawrence, though she is not being considered for the pivotal role of Manson's most famous victim, actress Sharon Tate.

The Hollywood Reporter says the story focuses on the night of August 8, 1969, when four members of Manson's cult invaded the Los Angeles home that Tate shared with her husband, director Roman Polanski. The 26-year-old beauty, eight months pregnant, and four other people were shot and stabbed to death.

Manson was not present, but the aspiring musician and obvious maniac supposedly thought the house was occupied by a record producer who had snubbed him. Manson and his crew were sentenced to life in prison in 1971 after a sensational trial that was immortalized in the 1974 bestseller "Helter Skelter," co-written by prosecuting attorney Vincent Bugliosi.

Filming is expected to begin sometime next summer.

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