There’s the Quentin Tarantino 60s-set film, there’s American Horror Story, and now there’s a project from Mary Harron, American Psycho director. The link between them? All the projects have (or will have) Charles Manson in them. This latest project is titled Charlie Says, and is set to star Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown) as the infamous cult leader.
The film will focus on three women who were sentenced to death for their roles in the grisly Manson murders, and the eventual transformations they went through while in prison. Suki Waterhouse (The Bad Batch) is set to star alongside Carla Gugino (Gerald’s Game), Merritt Wever (Godless) and Hannah Murray (Game Of Thrones).
Charlie Says will reunite Harron with her American Psycho writing partner Guinevere Turner, who will adapt Ed Sanders‘ 1971 book The Family, as well as Karlene Faith‘s The Long Prison Journey Of Leslie Van Houten. Harron told THR:
“Guinevere’s script brings a fresh and unique perspective to the infamous story of the Manson murders and we have now found the perfect cast to bring it to life”.
While Harron disappointingly hasn’t been given much of a chance in Hollywood after American Psycho, it’s hard to pick a better person to direct a film revolving around the power of a madman like Manson, though it will be interesting to see the story focus more on the people involved in the murders and the aftermath.
The film is expected to begin shooting in Los Angeles in the spring.