LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 08: Quentin Tarantino attends the opening ceremony of the 8th Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon on October 8, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)

The notorious auteur director Quentin Tarantino‘s 9th film has had its released date confirmed as August 9 2019. Avid Tarantino fans may find this odd, as nearly every one of the director’s other films have been released during the Winter months of each year.

The reason for this seems to be a morbid one: August 9 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Manson family murders, which will apparently serve as a backdrop to the events of the film. These murders were carried out by followers of Charles Manson, the head of a commune, though cult may be a better term, who set himself up as a messiah like figure to his followers and commanded them to carry out terrible acts. On August 8th and 9th, his followers murdered several people, including famous actress Shannon Tate. These shocking crimes made headlines round the world and turned Charles Manson into an infamous hate figure overnight.

So, what does this all have to do with Tarantino‘s latest film? Well, some leaks earlier in the year revealed that the Manson Family Murders would have something to do with the project. Speculation abounded that the film would actually be about the crimes, but it now seems that they will only be part of the overall story. What the rest of the story will be and how much the film will actually be about the crimes is unclear, though it has been rumoured that Margot Robbie is being considered for the part of Shannon Tate.

Is the August 9 release date simply to create some controversy and publicity about the film this early into production? Or is the film going to be an actual respectful, artistic representation of these horrific crimes? This early on, it’s rather hard to say, though Tarantino has never really been known as a subtle filmmaker.

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