Following some rumored names last week, Tom Cruise is now being linked as a potential star of Quentin Tarantino’s next film, his ninth overall and his first without the involvement of Miramax or The Weinstein Company.
Variety & Deadline report that Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Paramount Pictures have emerged as the fiercest bidders for the work, Fox is also open to it but is said to be less aggressively pursuing it.
Cruise would play one of the two lead male roles should he be cast, though there’s no telling if any of the actors will be cast as scheduling is still in flux. Additionally, “Harry Potter” film franchise producer David Heyman has boarded the project as the main producer.
The new film is set to take place in the late 1960s, early 1970s and will tie in with the Manson murders, though not as directly as initial reports indicated. Tarantino reportedly wants a production budget near $100 million. He is also expecting the final cut on the expected to be R-rated film along with first-dollar gross, meaning he will get a cut studio’s revenue before taxes. That has led to many suitors stepping back from bidding
Filming aims to begin by mid-2018 ahead of a 2019 theatrical release.