Battle of the Charles Manson Projects Wages on the Small Screen

CALIFORNICATIONLast month we learned Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis were teaming for a Charles Manson project in development at Fox. At the time, it was reported this television endeavor had not yet been given the green light. Still, that's a combination that can't be beat. NBC now wants to get in on the Manson fun.

Deadline reports the network has given a "straight to series" order to Aquarius which will star David Duchovny. It's a period drama that will unfold over 13 episodes and be set against the backdrop of the 1960s.

John McNamara penned the project.

Says Deadline:

Set in the late 1960s, Aquarius stars Duchovny  as a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life who starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson. The twists and turns of a complicated undercover operation will lead Duchovny’s character and his young partner to the brink of Manson’s crimes that will that will eventually lead to the Tate-LaBianca murders in subsequent seasons.

Duchovny will be seen in the final season of Californication which begins airing on Showtime next month.

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