Charles Manson has definitely left an infamous mark on the world as we know it, and just like the devil himself at the box office, people can’t get enough of him. Deadline is reporting that director Mary Harron and screenwriter Guinevere Turner, the team behind 2000’s cult classic American Psycho, are reuniting for look at real life American psycho Charles Manson with 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.
Initially given the death penalty for their involvement in the crimes, during which nine people were murdered including actress Sharon Tate, their sentences were ultimately commuted to life imprisonment. The film is a procedural that 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 by Turner is based on Faith’s nonfiction book The Long Prison Journey of Leslie van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult and on Ed Sanders’ controversial 1971 novel about the Manson Family murders, The Family, from which the film gets its title.
The screenplay adaptation is complete, and casting is under way with shooting tentatively planned for various Los Angeles locations in summer 2016.