Thursday, July 21, 2016

Movie News

There was a recent New York Times article about various Manson/TLB related productions that are about to be shown, in production or shelved.

In a nutshell, the new season of Aquarius is set to start June 16th picking up from last season the series will begin with January 1968.

The two projects that have been shelved are a Fox series from Brett Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie and Jay Sebring biopic starring James Franco.  Seems to me that there have been other attempts for a Jay Sebring production, none of which have gotten off the ground.  I'm not sure why, Jay Sebring would be a worthy subject for a film.  His life was so much more than that of a murder victim.

The article talks a bit about some of the more recent movies that have been released writer/director J. Davis's Manson Family Vacation, Lifetime networks Manson's Lost Girls and even Katrina Longworth's podcast Charles Manson's Hollywood which Matt posted for us a while back.

Surprise, Suzanna Lo's endeavor, Manson Girls, is suffering from financial setbacks so shooting has been delayed.  How many times have we heard that!  Panamint Patty did a series of posts on one of  our readers who got burned by Suzanna Lo and her pleas for financial assistance.

There is also a film in pre-production based on Ed Sander's The Family and Karlene Faith's The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten.  Yes, both books are to figure in the same film.  I checked IMDb on this one and there is not much there except that the film is due out in 2017.

What ever the reason there is a lot going on in the way of Manson movies.  Is Hollywood gearing up for the 50th anniversary of the murders?  Is all of this necessary?  Does it glorify the convicted more than it respects the victims?  It seems like many of these productions sacrifice accuracy for sensation and that is never a good thing because it rewrites history.