Not much is known about Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood other than that the film is set in Charles Manson-era L.A. and stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and Luke Perry. But there may be a clue in the fact that Perry’s character is called Scott Lancer.
As virtually nobody remembers, that was the name of the rancher hero (played by the late Wayne Maunder) of the CBS Western Lancer, which aired from 1968 to 1970. THR has learned that Tarantino negotiated a deal with the widow of the show’s creator, Samuel A. Peeples, for the rights to the series and is contemplating bringing Lancer back as a limited-run TV series or movie. But how Perry ended up with the name in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — due out this summer — remains a mystery.
The original Lancer centered on a rancher who calls his sons Johnny and Scott Lancer (from two different mothers) home to help save the property. Maunder starred opposite James Stacy.
Tarantino got married Nov. 28 to Israeli model Daniella Pick and could not be reached for comment. Attempts to reach Peeples’ wife were unsuccessful. Tarantino has not been shy about his love for Westerns and last mined the genre for his bloody epic Hateful Eight.
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.