The new issue of Entertainment Weekly has an ad and it says "world premiere movie," with one date, so it must be a single movie. If this is a remake of the original mini-series, it has a LOT to cover in one night!
It's not necessarily a remake, but a new adapatation of Bugliosi's book. That's a subtle difference I know, but apparently they are going back to the book for a new approach rather than using the old movie for inspiration.
It's a three-hour time slot, which means the actual movie is about 2:15 without commercials, compared to 3:00 for the 1976 version.
It is on right now and from the first hour I have to say that the more stylized hollywood-ish presentation isn't nearly as effective or disturbing as the pseudo-documentory style of the 76 version. Also the actor playing Manson (I believe it is Jeremy Davies, the man who played Upham in Saving Private Ryan) seems to me to be rather miscast so far, not nearly as effective as Steve Railsback.
Bugliosi still living off one case the movie was better made but NOT as good. Of course from his stand point how Manson was afraid of him and he stood up to the devil and won. But overall Bugliosi and the writers made up a bunch of new things that at the start they gave a warning "may NOT have happened".
Of course the famous Manson turning off his watch by mind power was still in it.
Bugliosi will go on the talk shows and cable news channels again still making money from a case. Sad very Sad
Also, is it just me or was the "blue light everywhere" CSI/Law & Order noir style just badly overused here, it is supposed to be California guys not New York, you don't need "mood" lighting..the coldly factual acts & perpetrators are scary enough. I felt like I was watching CSI: 1969! ....ugg.
Bugliosi made the rounds and wrote a book on the OJ case also? So i guess it is ok also to make money off a case he had nothing to do with?
My buddy who is a lawyer also thinks Bugliosi is a disgrace to all lawyers everywhere? Like he said "should I only take cases knowing that I can write a book, make a movie and show up on every TV show?"
That being said Steve Railsback still gave the most scary character performance ever on TV. I own the DVD and it still scares me like when I first saw it as a kid. Can you ever forget the ending of the original still was scary this many years later?