On the heels of the news we reported this weekend that Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Manson film, comes news for another film involving the infamous cult leader Charles Manson.
Word first came last year that American Psycho director Mary Harron and Guinevere Truner were teaming up once again, this time for The Family, “An examination of the infamous Manson Family murders through the eyes of graduate student Karlene Faith as she works with three young, brainwashed women who were part of the cult.”
Today, Tracking Board is reporting that the film is finally moving forward with production set to begin in Los Angeles this March. The site also stated that currently, ‘Doctor Who’ actor Matt Smith is in talks to play the role of a real American psycho, Charles Manson. That’s not all, the site is also saying that Hannah Murray (Detroit) is in talks to play Manson family member Leslie Van Houten and Marianne Rendón (Imposters) is in negotiations to play the role of family member Susan Atkins.
In the film, “Initially given the death penalty for their involvement in the crimes, during which nine people were murdered including actress Sharon Tate, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Susan Atkins’s sentences ultimately were commuted to life imprisonment. The procedural will focus on Faith’s time attempting to teach the three women and on their personal transformations as they slowly grasp the reality of their crimes.”
The script took inspiration from two books, Faith’s nonfiction book The Long Prison Journey of Leslie van Houten: Life Beyond The Cult and Ed Sanders’ novel The Family.
David Hilliary serves as executive producer alongside Dana Guerin and Michael Guerin, with Jeremy M. Rosen and Kevin Shulman producing under their Roxwell Films banner.