Back in late March we brought you the news that "The X-Files" star David Duchovny had signed on to star in the upcoming NBC series "Aquarius", a gritty 1960's cop drama based around the Charles Manson murders, and today we have some new details as well as the first bit of key art for the series to share with you.
In our initial report we learned that "Aquarius" had been given a 13 episode straight-to-series order with writer John McNamara serving as executive producer. But don't expect Manson to be captured that easily as we've learned that the cat-and-mouse game between him and the police to go on for several seasons, ultimately ending with the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders. The latest synopsis, which you can find below, gives us a little more insight into what to expect. Check it out:
It’s 1967, and the era of free love, drug experimentation, and the Vietnam War is in full effect. When the teenage daughter of a respected lawyer goes missing, L.A. Police Sgt. Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny; “Californication,” “The X-Files”) starts asking around. He soon discovers that the hippie kids he’s questioning don’t take kindly to cops, especially one with hair as short as his. Needing the help of someone they will trust, he partners with rebellious undercover cop Brian Shafe, a man who’s more comfortable rolling a joint than patrolling a beat. It’s not long before they stumble upon a small-time cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his cause. From there, they follow this man’s trail down a rabbit hole of drugs, sex, murder, and cultural revolution. Little could they know, however, the guy they’re hunting will eventually become the killer we now recognize as Charles Manson. He was a lost soul who desperately wanted to get into the music scene of the ’60s until something snapped. This is the show that will explore the cat and mouse game between him and the police that will go on for several seasons, ultimately ending with the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.
"Aquarius" isn't the only Manson-themed series on the horizon as we previously reported that Rob Zombie and "American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis had teamed for a take on the Manson Family slayings for Fox.
Check out the first bit of key art for "Aquarius" featuring David Duchovny below and stay tuned for updates on this intriguing sounding series as we hear it.