Charles Manson Jailhouse Interview Movie In the Works

New movie will tell the story of Tom Snyder’s 1981 jailhouse interview with Charles Manson.

Helter Skelter, that was some interview.  Bohemia Group Originals is working on a movie about the 1981 jailhouse interview Charles Manson gave to Tomorrow host Tom Snyder.

Snyder’s late night interview show bagged some biggies in the seventies, like John Lennon and his lawyer while the ex-Beatle was fighting deportation. But his career looked like it was winding down at the beginning of the 1980s and he needed a scoop to bring him back up to the top. The new Tomorrow show executive producer at the time, future media machine creator Roger Ailes, bagged it. Snyder would be the first television reporter to get a sit down interview with the guy who tried to bring Lennon’s song “Revolution” to life. Though it sounded more like “Revolution 9.”

The as-yet-untitled film will be written by Kevin Courtney and Ron Pivo.

“We are so pleased to be working with Ron and Kevin on this outstanding film project,” Bohemia Group Originals CEO Susan Ferris told Variety magazine. “These real-life personalities are amazing roles and we cannot wait to see them on screen. The underlying story themes, with particular emphasis on hard-hitting journalism, could not be more timely.”

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Manson, who is now 82 years old, was the leader, and proposed lead singer, of the Manson Family, a fringe group of outsiders who became the most famous mass murderers in America. In 1969 they committed a string of murders in the Los Angeles area that included director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. The murders were brutal. Tate was stabbed 16 times. Manson was trying to instigate a race war where he would be put in charge of the survivors after the fallout.

Manson is serving nine life sentences. The Tomorrow show was canceled in 1982.