In an exclusive revelation, Quentin Tarantino is set to collaborate with Brad Pitt for the third occasion in his final directorial venture, “The Movie Critic.” The nature of Pitt’s role remains ambiguous, though speculation leans towards him portraying the titular character. Having previously clinched the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Tarantino’s 2019 masterpiece, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Pitt has a stellar history with the acclaimed director, also featuring prominently in “Inglourious Basterds.” Sony Pictures is anticipated to handle distribution once again, with Stacey Sher at the production helm, aiming for a 2025 release.
Tarantino has maintained an air of mystery around his swan song, offering tidbits during an interview with Deadline’s Baz Bamigboye at Cannes in May. The maestro hinted that the film unfolds in California, specifically in 1977, revolving around an obscure figure who wrote movie reviews for an adult publication. The inspiration traces back to Tarantino’s teenage job, involving the placement of adult magazines in vending machines and the subsequent retrieval of quarters. Amidst the explicit content, one publication stood out for its intriguing movie section, curated by a sharp and witty second-string critic.
Revisions to the script have been substantial since those revelations, and the outcome remains eagerly anticipated. Drawing from the expanded narrative of Pitt’s character, Cliff Booth, in Tarantino’s novelization of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” it emerges that Booth, transitioning from stuntman to film critic, embodies a character too captivating for devoted fans to relinquish.
While details continue to coalesce for the film, including its distribution channels, the exemplary handling of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” by Sony instills confidence in a continued partnership with Tarantino. Sony’s commendable support, bypassing distribution in China and endorsing Tarantino’s stand on retaining the Bruce Lee altercation with Cliff Booth, sets a precedent for a lasting collaboration. Await further developments as the pieces fall into place for this cinematic endeavor.