The late cult leader and murderer Charles Manson is a hot commodity these days.  Tarantino’s Manson flick Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a big source of rumors in the film industry these days. He, however, is not the only one with a Manson obsession. Manson Family drama Charlie Says has gotten a U.S. distribution deal, Variety reports.

IFC Films has acquired the rights to the U.S. distribution of Charlie Says. Rumor has it the deal cost IFC over a million dollars, after a bidding war among several firms, including  A24, Momentum and RLJ Entertainment.


Charlie Sayswhich premiered at the Venice Film Festival, follows the story of a graduate student who tries to get three female members of the Manson Family to come to terms with their horrifying nature of their crimes. Matt Smith (Doctor Who) stars as Manson himself. Suki Waterhouse (Billionaire Boys Club), Hannah Murray (Game Of Thrones) and Marianne Rendon (Imposters) star as members of the Manson Family. Merritt Wever (The Last Face) stars as the graduate student, the late Karlene Faith.

The film uses the conceit of rehabilitating members of the Manson Family to bring us their view of the bloody events of 1969, including the infamous murder of actress Sharon Tate.  Director Mary Harron is also a known entity. The Canadian director has a number of critically acclaimed films to her name; including I Shot Andy WarholAmerican Psycho, and the Netflix adaptation of Alias Grace.

The film is based on The Family, Ed Sanders’ bestselling 1971 book about the Manson Family. Sanders is also an executive producer on the film. The screenplay was penned by Guinevere Turner. Charlie Says was produced by Epic Level Entertainment and Roxwell Films.

IFC Films is currently planning for a 2019 theatrical release. Are you ready for the wave of Charles Manson adaptations?