While Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis develop their own network Charles Manson drama at FOX, NBC has already beat them to the punch…
According to Variety, “X-Files” and “Californicaion” vet David Duchovny will star in a period NBC drama as “a police detective on the trail of the Los Angeles-area hippie cult leader who turns out to be Charles Manson.”
NBC has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to “Aquarius,” penned by drama vet John McNamara (“In Plain Sight,” “Profit”) who exec produces with Duchovny, Marty Adelstein (“Prison Break”) and Duchovny’s longtime manager Melanie Greene. “Aquarius” hails from ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein Prods.
In “Aquarius,” Duchovny will play a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life. In the late 1960s, he and his younger partner begin tracking a small-time criminal who specializes in luring vulnerable young women to his “cause.”
The plan is that the series will follow “the twists and turns” of Manson’s early efforts, but the horrific murder spree in August 1969 that made his name synonymous with evil will not enter the story until subsequent seasons.