Last 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.
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.