However, Tate’s younger sister Debra has spoken out about the industry’s eagerness to rehash what for her is a very painful memory.
“It doesn't matter who it is acting in it – it's just tasteless,” she told People magazine. “It's classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.”
The late actress was eight and a half months pregnant with a baby boy when she and four others were brutally murdered by members of a cult led by Charles Manson, known as the Manson family. Tarantino’s film is due to be released on the anniversary of her death.
Debra, who was 16 at the time of her sister’s murder, also commented on rumoured details of Duff’s film, namely a scene in which her sister has a premonition that she and former boyfriend and hairstylist Jay Sebring would have their throats slit. She dismissed it as a “total fabrication”. “I checked with all of her living friends. None of her friends had any knowledge of this. Tacky, tacky, tacky,” she said.
She also claimed she was not approached before the making of the film, despite the fact she owns the rights to her sister’s likeness and added: “It would have been nice if someone had contacted me” about the project.