Saturday, April 13, 2024

Exclusive: Ten Days from the Big Announcement, Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time” is Not a Lock, Ready for Cannes


We all want it, believe me. Everybody wants it.

But the reality, I am told, is: Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” is not a lock for the Cannes Film Festival next month. Sony is set to release the potential blockbuster on July 26th.

Ten days from the big announcement of CannesĀ  movies, the word is that the film may be “OUT” for the time being.

It’s not a surprise. “OUT” is a major undertaking, with a huge cast, lots of working parts, as they say. It’s not easy to put a Tarantino movie together. Ask Fred Raskin, who edited “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight.” He maybe the editor of this one, but so far there’s no name listed as editor on the imdb. It’s just assumed Raskin is heading the team.

But getting “OUT” right may take longer than April 18th or even May 21st, when it’s supposed to show at Cannes on the 25th anniversary of “Pulp Fiction” at Cannes. Of course, Cannes could show the classic film with Tarantino and the cast. They may, anyway. But having the new film would be a coup.

Cross fingers. There’s nothing more exciting than bringing a “wet” print to Cannes at the last minute. Quentin Tarantino is most wanted on the Croisette.

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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