Manson Takes Hollywood: Infamous madman has four upcoming films


The sinister legacy of Charles Manson will live on thanks to the efforts of multiple filmmakers utilizing his story for several upcoming movies.

Is this a part of the worldwide fame the deceased psychopath always wanted?

Notorious maniac Charles Manson may have passed away in 2017. Still, that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing his name coming up quite a bit in the future. Manson and/or his crimes will be the primary focus of a small handful of upcoming films — at least four so far, by my count.

For a complete rundown, let’s go through what we know so far about Manson’s upcoming Hollywood takeover, which includes these films:

1. Quentin Tarantino’s untitled Manson movie

This one is certainly worth mentioning first, coming from one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Exact details about the plot haven’t yet been revealed, but what’s known is the film is set in the late 1960s during the era of the Manson Family murders. Leonardo DiCaprio has been signed on to star, although he won’t be playing Manson. Tarantino intends to release the movie on Aug. 9, 2019 — 50 years to the day of the infamous murders.

2. Charlie Says

Our next Manson movie comes from the filmmaking duo behind American Psycho — director Mary Harron and co-writer Guinevere Turner. According to Horror Geek Life, none other than Doctor Who star Matt Smith will be taking on the role of the titular Charlie. The plot will center on three of the women who carried out the horrendous murders on behalf of Manson’s orders and their subsequent lives behind bars.

3. Charles Manson: The Final Words

In this case, we’re looking at a documentary about the madman of the hour. Director and producer James Buddy Day has put together a two hour film using lots of never-before-seen photos, files, and interviews to dive into the real motives behind Manson’s crimes. Horror film director Rob Zombie serves as the narrator for the film, which is in the process of being distributed worldwide by Breakthrough Entertainment.

4. The Haunting of Sharon Tate

That brings us to what is certainly the silliest idea of our list. This indie film features Hillary Duff playing Sharon Tate — the pregnant actress brutally slaughtered by the Manson Family. Per Deadline, the psychological horror film explores Tate’s final days alive and is based on a quote about her supposedly predicting her death. However, People reports that Tate’s sister Debra Tate is calling the film “classless” and denies any such premonition occurred.

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We already knew from Hollywood’s trend of remakes and reboots that the studios are running out of ideas. Seeing the list above only stresses that point even further. Charles Manson may be gone, but clearly, he’s still a big source of creative inspiration for all kinds of filmmakers.