Roxwell Films has optioned rights to produce Ed Sanders’ 1971 book The Family, which described the arc of Charles Manson’s life leading to the notorious 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. Roxwell’s Jeremy Rosen and Kevin Shulman are producing and already are into development of the pic, which will be adapted by Guinevere Turner and is set to start preproduction this year. Turner co-wrote with director Mary Harron the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho, which would be an apt description of the man behind one of America’s most infamous killing sprees.

Family Book MansonJonas Akerlund, who has directed concert films for the likes of Madonna and U2, is helming. Michael Guerin and Dana Guerin are executive producing.

“It’s exciting to explore the psychology of the young women who followed Manson,” said Turner. “What makes a 19-year-old in 1968 follow a man to the extreme of killing innocent people for him? We all know how it ends — people die and people go to jail — but how did it get to that?”

Said Akerlund: “This has long been a subject that I felt we could make into a compelling and captivating film in hopes of satisfying a country’s need to know more. … This is a tale that must be told, and we venture to create an engrossing film that accurately captures the cultural intrigue that still lingers today.”