[TV] Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis Developing TV Project Based Around Manson Family Murders for Fox TV
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.27.2014
Zombie is planning to directů
Variety reports that writer Bret Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie are developing a project with Alcon Television and Fox Broadcasting based around the people and events connection to the Manson Family murders in August 1969.
The project is reportedly being envisioned as a limited series, but it is still in the early stages of development with Fox. Ellis is planning to write the script and some additional materials. Zombie is on board to direct.
Zombie has had a long fascination with the Family Family slaying, which left seven people dead in the Los Angeles area. Among the victims were actress Sharon Tate, who was eight and a half months pregnant with the child of director Roman Polanski at the time, and Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring. Charles Manson was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy charges, even though he was never found to have committed a homicide himself. Manson's cult of followers have been suspected of many other murders during that time as well.
Ellis and Zombie's project aims to tell converging stories of people and events leading up to and after the murders and go shifting from points of view. It's being envisioned as a multi-part series, but it is one of many limited series projects in the works. It is also far away from getting greenlit.
The project originally began with Zombie and Adam Kolbrenner and Robyn Meisinger of Madhouse Entertainment. They developed the concept before bringing it to Ellis and Alcon. No source material has been optioned for the project as of yet, and it plans to take an original approach to dramatizing stories drawn from historical record.
Ellis, Zombie, and the Madhouse principals will executive produce the show with Alcon's Sharon hall, Andrew Kosove, and Broderick Johnson. Ben Roberts and Ryan Cunningham are attached as co-producers.
Speaking on the project, Zombie stated, "I have been obsessed with this insane story since I was a kid, so obviously I jumped at the chance to be involved in this incredible project. After speaking with Bret, I immediately realized that we shared the same vision for this epic madness."
Manson was sentenced to death in 1971, but the sentence was later changed to life in prison after California abolished the death penalty in 1972. He's been denied parole 12 times.