It’s been several months since last we heard anything about writer/director Susanna Lo’s Manson Girls, which focuses on the period leading up to the 1969 murders of nine people by members of Charles Manson’s “Family”, but finally production has begun with a half dozen or so scenes being assembled into a “sizzle reel”.
Per Variety the bulk of filming will take place early next year in Redlands, Joshua Tree, and San Francisco with a cast that includes Taryn Manning as Sadie Atkins; Tania Raymonde as Leslie Van Houten; Monica Keena as Squeaky Fromme; Stella Maeve as Linda Kasabian; Estella Warren as Catherine Share; Chad Faust as Tex Watson; Ron Jeremy as a porn director; Eric Balfour as Bobby Beausoleil; and Bill Moseley as Manson.
Lo (pictured above), Manning, Judy Fox, and Brett Cranford are producing via Lo’s SLOMotion Studios.
Lo’s aim is to illustrate how and why the girls came under Manson’s command. “The girls were all very talented, but it was a very seductive time,” she said. “We really don’t want to sensationalize the story any further than it already has been. I’ve always been fascinated by how the girls came under the spell of this strange, manipulative man.”
Earlier this year at Sundance it was announced that Guy Allison and John McFee of The Doobie Brothers will be providing music for the soundtrack. Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors have come on board to write songs while Warren has been tapped to perform “House of the Rising Sun”, Manning is singing “California Dreaming”, and Mosely is set to do “Five to One.”
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