The next time someone complains that Hollywood only makes reboots, sequels, and superhero movies, you can add that they’re also pretty big on current citizen of Hell Charles Manson at the moment as well. Quentin Tarantino has what will probably be the most high-profile one (still currently untitled, but reportedly starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie). Trailing close behind it will be a story about three members of Charles Manson’s family starring Matt Smith and a ghost story movie about Sharon Tate starring Hilary Duff (what even).
We’ll start with the Charles Manson biopic. The Hollywood Reporter says that Charlie Says will star The Crown’s royal fuckboi Prince Philip, aka Matt Smith, as the titular Charlie. It will be based on two books, 1971’s The Family and 2001’s The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten. It will center around three Manson girls (played by Hannah Murray, Odessa Young, and Marianne Rendon) who go to prison for doing Charlie’s bidding. It will also star Darren Aronofsky’s possible girlfriend Suki Waterhouse, Merrit Wever, and Carla Gugino. Shooting starts in Los Angeles in the spring, and it will be directed by American Psycho director Mary Harron. I look forward to a scene where Charles Manson aggressively compares manifestos with other crazies. “Oh my god, look at the tasteful use of hair glued to that ripped-up piece of American flag.”
On to Hilary Duff. UsWeekly says Hilary was cast as Sharon Tate in an upcoming film called The Haunting of Sharon Tate. The film also stars Lydia Hearst and Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls). The Haunting of Sharon Tate follows Sharon in the final days before she was murdered, and focuses on nightmares Sharon was having about ghosts and being murdered by a satanic cult. Yesterday, Hilary Instagrammed a picture of herself on set, and I give her Sharon cosplay a C+.
Someone who isn’t happy about it is Sharon’s sister Debra Tate. Debra wasn’t thrilled with the rumor that Jennifer Lawrence might be playing her late sister, and she certainly isn’t feeling this homage. But if it’s any consolation to Hilary, she really doesn’t want to see anyone playing her sister. Debra told People:
“It’s classless and exploitative. It doesn’t matter who it is acting in it – it’s just tasteless. It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.”
She also calls bullshit on the supposed nightmares Sharon was having about one day being murdered.
“I know for a fact she did not have a premonition – awake or in a dream – that she and Jay [Sebring] would have their throat cut. I checked with all of her living friends. None of her friends had any knowledge of this. Tacky, tacky, tacky. It’s a total fabrication.”
Oh yeah, it’s extremely tacky. But isn’t that most of direct-to-Netflix films? (I assume that’s where Hilary’s movie will premiere). Plus it could always be worse. At least it’s not a tasteless and exploitative Lifetime biopic starring Haylie Duff.