Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner, the duo behind the horror classic American Psycho, are once again teaming up for The Family, a unique approach to the Charles Manson story.
The tale of the Manson family has fascinated people for years. Countless books and films have focused on Charles Manson, whose name is synonymous with evil, and his cult followers referred to as “The Family”. Harron and Turner’s film will be told from the point of view of Karlene Faith, a writer who interviewed several members of the Manson family. Faith’s real life book, The Long Prison Journey of Leslie von Houten: Life Beyond the Cult, served as source material for the film, along with Ed Sanders’ 1971 novel The Family.
The Manson Family sprang up in the 1960s. Manson led the cult and preached lessons on the Armageddon, conspiracy and Scientology. The cult’s members, who lived in a commune on the Spahn ranch, are believed to have carried out as many as 35 murders. The Family reached infamy after several members carried out the Tate/LaBianca murders. A group of “The Family” brutally murdered five people in the home of Roman Polanksy, including Polansky’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. Two days later the the group murdered Leno LaBianca and his wife in their home. Manson was convicted and sentenced to life for “conspiracy to commit murder”.
Casting is now underway for The Family. The release date has yet to be announced, but as soon as it is we will let you know.