Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner Reunite for Novel Adaptation

Director: Mary Harron

Writer: Guinevere Turner

Release Date: TBA


 Guinevere TurnerMary Harron and Guinevere Turner, were the creative minds behind “American Psycho”. Mary Harron is well known for her works; “I Shot Andy Warhol”, “The Notorious Betty Page” and “The Moth Diaries”. “American Psycho” remains  one of most successful contributions in Horror cinema. Harron and Turner will work together again. They’ll be creating the film adaptation to; “The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Behind the Cult”. Written by  Karlene Faith, the book gives focus on Leslie Van Houten. Houten was part of the notorious Mason family. Karlene Faith was her social worker. reports Deadline. The novel released on May 10, 2001.


The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Behind the Cult Synopsis

At The Age Of Twenty-One, Leslie Van Houten was sentenced to death, along with Charles Manson and his other disciples, for the infamous murder rampage spanning two nights in August 1969. Leslie, who was present at the Rosemary and Leno LaBianca stabbings, serenely accepted her sentence, wishing only that she had better served Manson in carrying out his apocalyptic vision of Helter Skelter. When the United States temporarily suspended its death penalty, her sentence for murder conspiracy was converted to life in prison. Today, at the age of 51, after three trials and with no parole in sight, Leslie has become a remarkable survivor of a living nightmare. This work presents the first in-depth look at how this girl-next-door became one of Manson’s girls. It also tells about Karlene Faith’s thirty-year friendship with Leslie, whom she met while teaching in prison. To everyone who encountered Leslie – including prison staff and television journalists – she was not the demon typically portrayed by the media, but rather a gentle, generous spirit who mourned her victims. But why didn’t this intelligent young woman see the evil in the messiah who had sexually exploited her, preached.

The Manson Family Movie Details

The film based on the Manson Family is titled “The Family”. The plot will base on “The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Behind the Cult”.  After the murders, Karlene Faith worked with three of the young women in the Manson Family Cult.  The murders came to is known as one of the most infamous in U.S. history.

Faith will be the center focus of “The Family”. Jeremy M. Rosen of Roxwell Films is set to produce the film. There is no casting information yet. “The Family” is set to begin shooting this summer in Los Angeles, reports ScreenCrush.


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