‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywoood’ was originally slated for a release coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate’s murder (August 9). However, it’s been moved to a August 14, 2019 release date in the UK, coming a few weeks earlier on July 26 in the US. Although the release date now avoids coinciding with the anniversary of Tate’s death, The Hollywood Reporter claims that this wasn’t the the reason for the move. Instead, it’s believed that studio bosses have pushed it forward to give it the best chance possible at a crammed summer box office. It’s since been confirmed that the film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, marking the latest chapter in Quentin Tarantino’s long-running relationship with the festival. He won the Palm D’Or for 1994’s Pulp Fiction, before premiering the likes of Kill Bill Vol 2 and Inglorious Basterds there. Cannes’ General Delegate Thierry Fremaux said: “We were afraid the film would not be ready, as it wouldn’t be released until late July, but Quentin Tarantino, who has not left the editing room in four months, is a real, loyal and punctual child of Cannes. Like for Inglourious Basterds, he’ll definitely be there – 25 years after the Palme d’Or for Pulp Fiction – with a finished film screened in 35mm and his cast in tow. His film is a love letter to the Hollywood of his childhood, a rock music tour of 1969, and an ode to cinema as a whole.”
Yes. Two. The full trailer showing Pitt and DiCaprio as Cliff Booth and Rick Dalton, rising and falling with the fickle nature of fame and Hollywood, before they and Margot Robbie (playing Sharon Tate) come into contact with the murderous menace of Charles Manson…
The first official teaser trailer was released on 20 March. It opens with a TV interview with DiCaprio and Pitt’s characters before a series of quick-fire shots that include a look at Damon Herriman as Charles Manson. Watch below.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and its story “takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood”. On November 17, 2017, Vanity Fair reported via a source who had read the script: “Tarantino’s upcoming movie 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.” It’s been reported that the film will also verge from the ’60s into the ’70s, and it’s expected that Charles Manson’s death will heighten interest in the film. Of all Tarantino’s films, it’s been compared most strongly to Pulp Fiction by sources who’ve read the script. Deadline describes the film as a “Pulp Fiction-esque tapestry of Los Angeles during the summer of the Manson murders.”