Sony Wins Worldwide Rights to Next Quentin Tarantino Film

Tarantino had once again planned to make the movie with The Weinstein Company, but decided to take it elsewhere amid the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.

Sony Pictures has won the showdown for the right to finance and distribute Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, which has the working title #9.

Sony Pictures acquired worldwide rights for an unknown price tag. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Tarantino film has to make $375 million worldwide to break even.

Set in the late 1960s/early 1970s in L.A., the film is an ensemble feature. Its working title comes from this being Tarantino's ninth feature. 

The director is understood to be looking to get a star-studded cast for the film.

David Heyman, Tarantino and Shannon McIntosh are producing, with Georgia Kacandes serving as executive producer.

Sony Pictures, led by Tom Rothman, beat out other suitors. Tarantino had once again planned to make the movie with The Weinstein Company, but decided to take it elsewhere amid the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. The Weinsteins, first at Miramax and then at The Weinstein Company, have collaborated on all of Tarantino's previous films, made before Weinstein was publicly accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than 70 women.

An internal memo from Rothman, obtained by THR, revealed that Sony secured the worldwide rights to the film late Thursday night. Rothman said Sony's "outstanding job" handling Django Unchained, on which Sony's Columbia Pictures served as a co-producer and handled distribution in a number of overseas territories, led him to pick the studio. He also suggested the deal could be part of a longer partnership.

"Quentin chose Sony over many other competitors. And he did this because of all of YOU! He remembers well the outstanding job the company did on Django, and was particularly impressed last week by the presentation of our marketing and distribution capabilities, both domestically and internationally," Rothman wrote. "I’m grateful to all who worked to make this happen and confident that we will do a great job for him on this film and others to come. It’s a real credit to the studio and to each of you."

Read the full memo below.

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to report that late last night, Sony did indeed succeed in securing the worldwide rights in all media to Quentin Tarantino’s next epic film. I was looking forward to sharing the news with you all myself this morning, but unfortunately the story leaked. 

Bottom line:  Quentin chose Sony over many other competitors.  And he did this because of all of YOU!  He remembers well the outstanding job the company did on Django, and was particularly impressed last week by the presentation of our marketing and distribution capabilities, both domestically and internationally. I’m grateful to all who worked to make this happen and confident that we will do a great job for him on this film and others to come. 

It’s a real credit to the studio and to each of you.

Congrats,

Tom Rothman

Chairman Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group

10:02 a.m. This story has been updated with info and quotes from Rothman's intraoffice memo on the deal.