2019 will mark 50 years since Charles Manson’s ‘Family’ went on a murder spree in Los Angeles that left nine people dead. The events have inspired any number of films in the decades since, including ones rooted in fact, such as Helter Skelter, The Manson Family and more recently, John R. Leonetti’s Wolves at the Door. Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming ninth film uses the crimes as a backdrop to its story, and will focus partially on Sharon Tate, the actress murdered by Manson’s followers on August 9th, 1969. Tate is also however, the focus of another upcoming film, entitled The Haunting of Sharon Tate, and former Disney star Hilary Duff has taken the title role.
Daniel Farrands – who directed encyclopaedic documentaries Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy and Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th – is directing the film, which recounts the alleged haunting of the tragic star, who lived with director Roman Polanski at the time of her death. As evidenced by these on-set photos, filming is underway on the film, on an LA set done up to resemble the house on Cielo Drive where the couple lived.
Cast alongside Duff is Mean Girls’ Jonathan Bennett, who is reportedly playing Jay Sebring, Tate’s former boyfriend who also met his untimely end when Manson’s followers descended on the house that night.
Hopefully we’ll have more info on The Haunting of Sharon Tate for you soon.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)