New ‘Zeroville’ Trailer Gives Off Tarantino Flashes, Features An Apocryphally Funny Spielberg-Lucas Meeting

Even though it dropped its first trailer more than six months ago, Zeroville now has the slight disadvantage of coming out after Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. And while it may have had a head start on marketing and publicity, it feels a bit like this flick (directed and starring James Franco) is trying to ride the success of Quentin Tarantino’s coattails.

Ironically, both films are fairy tale-esque stories that peel back the curtain on the world of old school entertainment, play around with history, feature ensemble casts, and tell stories about the turbulent time in Tinseltown (circa August, 1969) when members of the Manson cult showed up on Cielo Drive to murder a pregnant Sharon Tate and four other innocent victims.

Watch the latest trailer below:

Unlike Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, however, Zeroville is based on the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson and looks like it’ll be even more of an all-out comedy, especially since it co-stars veterans of the genre like of Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Will Ferrell.

As if to prove that very point, there’s an inspired scene in the new trailer where Rogen’s character, “Viking Man,” hilariously chastises Steven Spielberg and George Lucas at an industry party for wanting to make a movie about robot-sharks, suggesting a Dewey Cox vibe to the overall proceedings. Despite that altercation never happening, 1969 was still a seminal year for both blossoming filmmakers.


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