Roman Polanski was curious to know about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, says Quentin Tarantino
The filmmaker talks about his interaction with Polanski and why he did not feel like he needed his permission to make the film
Quentin Tarantino has revealed that filmmaker Roman Polanski contacted him when he was making his new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Headlined by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, the film explores the murders committed by the Manson family, including that of Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, who was pregnant with his child at the time. Margot Robbie will be portraying Tate in Tarantino's film.
Ahead of the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino, has said that Polanski learned about the project and was "curious to know about it. That friend (with whom Polanski was talking) called me and said, 'So, what's up with this?' He said that Roman wasn't mad. He didn't call up irate or anything. He was just curious. So what I did was... Roman's obviously stuck in Europe. I had the friend come over and read the script. He came to my house. He read the script simply so he could call Roman up and tell him the idea and what's in it. And basically that he didn't have anything to worry about," said Tarantino.
The director also said that he never thought he needed to take Polanski's permission to tell the story. "I felt that the story of her death, and the Manson tragedy had moved into legit history, so it actually is of historical importance beyond just his own personal tragedy. So I felt I was on OK grounds there. I didn't want to call him and talk to him while I was writing it because I'm not going to ask him permission. I'm going to do it, all right? I don't think he needed any anxiety and I didn't need any anxiety as far as that was concerned," he added.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set to be released on July 26 in the United States