Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Helter Skelter Lite: Charlie Manson’s Coming to Lifetime


First Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig. Now Charlie Manson is coming to Lifetime. Why not? He’s been everywhere lately. The crazy killer and cult leader from the 60s is currently on TV in NBC’s “Aquarius.” There’s also a feature film that’s been completed called “Manson’s Girls.”

Now Lifetime is casting for their own Manson for one of their insightful movies of the week. Leslie Libman, a prolific TV director, is helming from a script by Stephen Kronish and Matthew Tabak. According to sources, the actor who plays Manson “must be able to play guitar and sing.” John Mayer, get out your eight-by-tens.

The “Manson” movie fits nicely with Lifetime’s movies about “Melrose Place,” “The Brady Bunch,” and “Saved by the Bell.”

PS The real and very serious author of “Helter Skelter,” the real book about the Manson family killings, Vincent Bugliosi, passed away last week.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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