There's a new Charles Manson film that is inching towards development. The script for the film, titled The Family, was written by Scott Kosar (The Machinist).
It looks like the film has found it's Manson in actor Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), who recently told the press that he is going to star in the film, and STYD say's that this bit of news "appears to be true", and it was also revealed that the film is going to be directed by its screenwriter, Scott Kosar, and here's what he had to say about it.
I will be making my directorial debut from a script I wrote. The movie won't focus on the Manson murders. Nor is it a Manson biopic. It's a family biopic. A movie about a surrogate family of wayward teenagers who, through extraordinary circumstances, came together and were transformed into the most notorious American family of the 20th century. Hence the title.
Kosar goes on to elaborate on what we can expect for the film.
A very unconventional unit, but a family nonetheless. It is not a horror film, though the subject is inherently horrific. The goal is to do, finally, after forty years, the first authentic film about the so-called Manson Family. Unlike other films on the subject, The Family will also spend time getting to know the victims, particularly Sharon Tate, who will be portrayed very sympathetically. I don't think a responsible movie can be made about this subject without humanizing the victims, which must be done in order to truly convey - as much as a film is able to - the enormity of the tragedy. This won't be a slasher film, but it won't gloss over the violence either. It's a film about an American taboo that has never been dramatized with any balance or accuracy. Bugliosi-based films accurately deal with the prosecution of "the Family." My film will concern the family itself. Who they were and what their lives were like with Manson.
We've seen several different Manson films over the years, some of them I've enjoyed, some made me sick, others just sucked. The Family sounds like it's going to end up being something unique, with a completely different take on Manson than anything we've seen before. I'm really interested to see how this turns out. This could end up being the definitive Manson film.
What do you all think?