Charles Manson's story will be told in an upcoming docuseries. Helter Skelter will provide a comprehensive look at Manson and his followers over the course of six episodes. The announcement comes a little over past the 50-year anniversary of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojtek Frykowski, and Steven Parent's murders at the hands of the Manson family. Quentin Tarantino released Once Upon a Time in Hollywood over the summer, which took a different take on the Tate murders as a part of its storyline.
The Helter Skelter docuseries comes to us from An Inconvenient Truth producer Lesley Chilcott, Berlanti Productions, Rogue Atlas Productions, and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. The series will debut June 14th, exclusively on Epix. "Helter Skelter is an edge-of-your-seat thriller about a small-time con artist who spearheaded one of the most unspeakable murder tragedies in history," says Brooke Karzen, the Executive Vice President and Head of Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. "It explores the age-old question: are killers born or are they made?"
Lesley Chilcott is on board to direct and serve as executive producer on Helter Skelter. The docuseries genre just blew up all over again with Netflix's Tiger King, though there have been plenty of popular documentary projects well before then. While pretty interesting, Joe Exotic is a much different character when compared to Charles Manson. Chilcott had this to say in a statement about the upcoming docuseries.
"Helter Skelter set outs to illuminate new perspectives on one of the most legendary crimes of our time. The filmmaking team and I are grateful for the collaborations with Berlanti Productions, Rogue Atlas, Warner Horizon and Epix and the opportunity to tell this complete story."
Epix is looking towards releasing more original content in 2020. The network is reportedly looking to release around 50 hours of non-scripted material, along with an additional 100 hours of original content this year. That's quite a bit, but all of their projects should get a pretty big boost when Helter Skelter premieres this summer. Epix president Michael Wright is excited to work with Lesley Chilcott on the new docuseries. He also released a statement, which you can read below.
"Working with the brilliant Lesley Chilcott and the talented teams at Berlanti Productions, Rogue Atlas and Warner Horizon Unscripted has been a fantastic journey. Helter Skelter's bone-chilling narrative is rooted in one of the most infamous and fascinating crimes of the past several decades, and we're thrilled that this story is being so expertly told on Epix."
The true crime genre has seen a massive boost in popularity over the past few years and Charles Manson is one of the most infamous figures in American history. The criminal and cult leader is one of the more fascinating studies when looking at history, so Helter Skelter will have a lot of ground to cover. Manson passed away in November 2017 while serving life in prison from cardiac arrest resulting from respiratory failure and colon cancer. Deadline was the first to report on the Helter Skelter docuseries.