British commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned Naked Entertainment to produce The Manson Family: The Lost Tapes, which boasts more than 100 hours of unseen footage.
FremantleMedia International (FMI) has taken the global distribution rights.
The 2 x 60-minute series is produced by British indie Naked Entertainment. The prodco’s chief executive, Simon Andreae pursued filmmaker Robert Hendrickson, who’d had exclusive access to the Manson cult. A private investigator discovered that Hendrickson had recently died, and left behind a large collection of footage, interviews and footage of the 1960s cult.
The Manson Family will reveal what it was like inside the ranch, including the ‘free love’ lifestyle with sex and drugs, and how the young people were ultimately brainwashed by Charles Manson (pictured) into committing a killing spree. The footage includes the perpetrators explaining why they committed their illegal acts.
Also featured are new and archival interviews with former Manson cult members such as Catherine “Gypsy” Share and Dianne “Snake” Lake, in addition to key people involved in the Manson case, including prosecutor Stephen Kay and FBI criminal profiler John Douglas.
Simon Andreae, Hugh Ballantyne and Richard Dale are executive producers, along with Allan Gaba and Dean Egnater. The project was commissioned for ITV by Kate Teckman, commissioning editor, and Sue Murphy, head of factual entertainment.
“Almost 50 years since the Manson Family murders, the radicalization of young people is a more pressing issue than ever,” said ITV’s Teckman in a statement. “Hendrickson’s extraordinary unseen footage provides a chilling and compelling insight into how vulnerable young people were influenced into carrying out some of the most horrific murders of the 20th century.”