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IFC Films Lands US Rights to Charles Manson Family Drama ‘Charlie Says’

Infamous cult leader is portrayed by ”The Crown“ star Matt Smith

IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to “Charlie Says,” about three young women who fell under Charles Manson’s spell and carried out a series of brutal murders, including that of Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife. The company announced the deal on Monday.

The film, which premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival, was directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”) from a script penned by Guinevere Turner (“American Psycho”). The film is based on Ed Sanders’ 1971 bestselling book “The Family.”

Matt Smith (“The Crown,” “Doctor Who”) stars as the infamous Charles Manson alongside Suki Waterhouse, Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, Marianne Rendon and Merritt Wever.

The film follows three young women who were sentenced to death in the Manson murder case. But after the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. As one young graduate student visits Manson’s former followers in prison, the audience witnesses their psychological rehabilitation through her eyes, as the women face the reality of their horrific crimes.

The deal is in the seven figures, according to an individual with knowledge of the pact who told TheWrap.  It was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, EVP of acquisitions and production at IFC Films and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmaker. IFC Films is planning for a 2019 theatrical release.

“Charlie Says” was produced by Epic Level Entertainment and Roxwell Films.

The movie was produced by Dana Guerin, Cindi Rice, John Frank Rosenblum and Jeremy Rosen. David Hillary, Ed Sanders and Michael Guerin executive produced.

Variety first reported the news.