‘American Psycho’ Director Mary Harron Taking on Charles Manson Film, ‘The Family’

American Psycho filmmaker Mary Harron is teaming up again with screenwriter Guinevere Turner to work on The Family, a story about Charles Manson, his family of insane women, and the Manson Family murders.

Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner worked together on 2000’s cult hit American Psycho, a searing and brutal satire on American men of privilege in the 80s. It also catapulted Christian Bale’s career. Since then, Harron is stayed relatively busy, though none of her films have cut through pop culture the way American Psycho managed to do.

The book by Ed Sanders was released in 2002. Here’s the review from The Boston Phoenix:

In August of 1969, during two bloody evenings of paranoid, psychedelic savagery, Charles Manson and his dystopic communal family helped to wreck the dreams of the Love Generation. At least nine people were murdered, among them Sharon Tate, the young, beautiful, pregnant, actress and wife of Roman Polanski. Ed Sanders’ unnerving and detailed look at the horror dealt by Manson and his followers is a classic of the true-crime genre. The Family was originally published in 1971 and remains the most meticulously researched account of the most notorious murders of the 1960s. Using firsthand accounts from some of the family’s infamous members, including the wizard himself, Sanders examines not only the origins and legacy of Manson and his family, but also the mysteries that persist. Completely revised and updated, this edition features 25 harrowing black and white photos from the investigation. “One of the best-researched, best-written, thoroughly-constructed, and eminently significant books of our times…. A masterpiece.”

According to the Deadline report, filming is set to begin this summer in and around Los Angeles, where the murders took place.

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