‘American Psycho’ Team Reuniting to Tell Story of Charles Manson, a Real American Psycho


Mary Harron and screenwriter Guinevere Turner, who teamed up in 2000 to create the modern slasher classic American Psycho, are getting back together, this time for The Family, a retelling of the Charles Manson story.

One of the greatest, most despicable tales in American history, the Manson Family story has been ripe fruit for filmmakers and storytellers for years — so many, we even wrote a guide to all of them! Harron and Turner’s story will take a different approach, focusing on Karlene Faith, a writer who met several of the imprisoned members of the Manson Family following the cult’s downfall. Her book, The Long Prison Journey of Leslie van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult, will act as source material for the film, along with the 1971 novel by Ed Sanders, The Family.

Since directing American Psycho, Harron has mostly worked in television, directing episodes of Six Feet Under, Graceland, The Following, and plenty more. Turner has split her time between acting and writing, doing both most prominently on The L Word.

No word yet on casting, though it is underway. Release date is also yet to be announced.