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Lifetime Greenlights Charles Manson Movie

Lifetime has greenlit an original movie about the women in Charles Manson’s life.

“Manson’s Lost Girls” (working title) follows the teenage girls who fell for Manson and helped him carry out his brutal murders in the late 1960s.

“The Mentalist” star Jeff Ward is playing Manson. The trio of women are MacKenzie Mauzy (“Into the Woods”) as Linda Kasabian, Eden Brolin (“I Dream Too Much”) as Susan Atkins and Greer Grammer (“Awkward”) as Leslie Van Houten.

Christian Madsen (“Divergent”), who portrays Manson family member Tex Watson, rounds out the cast.

The TV movie focuses primarily on Kasabian when she first meets “the family” at the Spahn Ranch commune. Manson soon draws her into criminal activities, including late-night break-ins at expensive homes. She leaves the gang only after becoming an accomplice in what Manson calls “Helter Skelter,” a drug-fueled murder spree in August 1969 that included the killing of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child. Kasabian eventually turns herself in as a witness for the prosecution, leading to Manson’s conviction.

Leslie Libman (“NCIS”) directs a script written by Matthew Tabak and Stephen Kronish. “Manson’s Lost Girls” is produced by Asylum Entertainment, while Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Nancy Bennett are executive producers.

The Manson Family murders also are the subject of NBC’s David Duchovny drama “Aquarius,” which was renewed for a second season a few weeks ago.

Writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Rob Zombie are also developing a limited series for Fox that will revisit the people and events connected to the Manson murders.

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