Sony exec Tom Rothman has turned his PR efforts up to “11” in anticipation of Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood by declaring the Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction writer-director has written the best screenplay of the last 30 years.
Sony chairman Tom Rothman has declared Quentin Tarantino’s latest screenplay – for new movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – the best he’s read in 30 years. Those sentiments were echoed by the film’s star Leonardo DiCaprio who said the script was one of the Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction writer-director’s greatest.
That’s saying something given the wonderful work turned in by Tarantino over the years, his verbose characterisation giving such iconic characters as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (“I’m a little surprised how tall you were in real life. I mean, you’re a little fellow, but not circus-midget little, as your reputation would suggest”) and hitman Jules from Pulp Fiction (“A Royale with cheese. What do they call a Big Mac?”) a transcendent life beyond the screen.
Indeed, Tarantino is a director like few others to have ingrained himself so successfully in contemporary pop culture. There are few unaware of at least one of this movies – notably Pulp Fiction – and only a handful of directors since the 1990s to have left such an indelible mark on American cinema.
Rothman’s comments come having seen the film, or more precisely, Tarantino, ride a wave of negative publicity. Uma Thurman’s revelations about Tarantino’s conduct following an action sequence accident while filming Kill Bill have rightly impacted the filmmaker’s reputation due to his part in a cover-up of events.
But Thurman has publicly defended Tarantino, blaming others including the now disgraced former Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein, and accepting Tarantino’s apology which went as far as helping Thurman expose the truth of the incident knowing it would be to the detriment of himself.
The Weinstein affair isn’t the only problematic association with the alleged sexual predator. Tarantino had previously made all his films for Weinstein’s Miramax but, in the wake of rape claims against the Hollywood producer, the filmmaker cut all ties with the production company. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is being made with Sony as a result.
The negative publicity is, however, somewhat behind Tarantino and the film now. Fans were getting excited earlier this year when DiCaprio posted a picture from the set on his Instagram page.
Details about the plot are vague at presence. Deadline reported Tarantino describing the plot as a “story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood”. DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, a former TV actor and star of a serial western, who struggles to reignite his career with the backdrop of a changing film and TV industry framing his story alongside friend – his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt).
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, will arrive in UK cinemas on July 26, 2019.