IFC Films picked up US right to Mary Harron’s Charlie Says following its world premiere in Venice.
Matt Smith stars as the late psychopath and cult leader Charles Manson. Harron reflects on the Manson Family murders through the eyes of a graduate student tasked with counselling three of Manson’s brainwashed acolytes, whose death penalties were eventually commuted to life sentences.
Hannah Murray, Marianne Rendón, Sosie Bacon, Merritt Wever, Suki Waterhouse, Chace Crawford, and Annabeth Gish also star.
Dana Guerin, John Frank Rosenblum, and Cindi Rice produced the drama. IFC Films plans a 2019 theatrical release.
Arianna Bocco, executive vice-president of acquisitions and production at IFC Films, brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmaker.