We initially reported back in early 2016 that American Psycho director Mary Harron and screenwriter Guinevere Turner were reuniting 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.”
Two years later, Tracking Board reports that the project is finally moving forward, with Matt Smith (“The Crown”) currently in talks to play Charles Manson.
The site also notes that Detroit star Hannah Murray and “Imposters” actress Marianne Rendón are in talks to play Leslie Van Houten and Susan Atkins, respectively.
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 by Turner is based on Faith’s nonfiction book The Long Prison Journey of Leslie van Houten: Life Beyond The Cult and Ed Sanders’ controversial 1971 novel about the Manson Family murders, The Family.
Jeremy M. Rosen and Kevin Shulman are producing via their Roxwell Films banner, while David Hillary will executive produce alongside Dana Guerin and Michael Guerin.
Production is set start in March in Los Angeles.