Ryan Kwanten joins Manson ‘Family’

'True Blood' thesp to star in Scott Kosar's indie drama

Scott Kosar will make his directorial debut on “The Family,” an indie drama focusing on the wayward teens who became the Manson Family.

Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) will play Charles Manson, who was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders in 1969. Nicholas Simon (“City of Ghosts”) will produce with The Gotham Group. Production’s expected to be in Los Angeles next summer.

Kosar’s adapted Ed Saunders book “The Family” and emphasized that the pic won’t focus on the Manson murders, nor is it a Manson biopic but rather with the Manson Family as a unit.

“It is not a horror film, though the subject is inherently horrific,” said Kosar, who stressed that the story foocuses on the victims, particularly Sharon Tate.

“I don’t think a responsible movie can be made about this subject without humanizing the victims, which must be done in order to truly convey (as much as a film is able to) the enormity of the tragedy,” he added. “This won’t be a slasher film, but it won’t gloss over the violence either.”

Kosar’s scripting credits include “The Machinist,” “The Amityville Horror” and “The Crazies.”

News of Kosar’s directing attachment and Kwanten’s signing was first reported on the Shocktillyoudrop.com site.

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