We told you about a week or so ago that Hilary Duff, Jonathan Bennett, and Lydia Hearst are set to star in Daniel Farrands’ The Haunting of Sharon Tate, and today we have the official plot details along with an exclusive word from Farrands (The Amityville Murders, Never Sleep Again, The Girl Next Door, His Name Was Jason, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers) himself. Read on for the skinny!
“When I approached the idea of telling a new version of these tragic murders, I didn’t want to focus on the Manson ‘Family’ or the indefensible motives behind their horrific crimes,” Farrands tells us. “Instead, I wanted to make a film about Sharon Tate and her friends in the final days leading up to the murders. The story is inspired by an actual interview given by Sharon a year before her death where she described a nightmare in which she saw a strange man in the house and then discovered herself and and her friend Jay Sebring tied up with their throats cut open. I thought the idea of Sharon being haunted by premonitions of her own demise was a fascinating way into the story and one that focuses on Sharon’s strength and resilience of character rather than portraying her and her friends as helpless victims.”
Jim Jacobsen’s newly formed Skyline Entertainment fully financed the picture with Lucas Jarach and Eric Brenner producing. Jacobsen and Jorge Garcia Castro are executive producing.
The film, written and directed by Daniel Farrands, takes a look at the last days leading up to Sharon Tate’s death from her point of view. The plot is inspired by an actual quote from Tate, from an interview published a year before her death, wherein she reveals having dreams about ghosts haunting her house and foreseeing her own death at the hands of a satanic cult.
As you know, the late movie star Sharon Tate was brutally killed in 1969 by Charles Manson’s followers in one of Los Angeles’ most gruesome murders.