Rob Zombie And Bret Easton Ellis Develop “Manson Family” Series For Fox

February 27, 20140 Comments

Author Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) and musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, The Lords of Salem) have teamed with Alcon Television to develop a project for Fox that will revisit the people and events connected to the Manson Family murder spree in August 1969.

The project is in the very early stages of development, but is envisioned as a limited series. Ellis is set to write the script and some additional materials. Zombie is on board to direct.

Zombie has long been fascinated by the Manson Family slayings, which left at least seven people dead in the Los Angeles area. His artwork, music and films have been inspired by The Manson Family in various forms.

The Ellis-Zombie collaboration aims to tell converging stories of people and events leading up to and after the murders, from shifting points of view. The project is envisioned as a multipart series, but it is one of many limited series projects in the works and is far away from receiving a greenlight.

The idea for the project began with Zombie and Adam Kolbrenner and Robyn Meisinger of Madhouse Entertainment. They developed the concept and brought it to Ellis and Alcon. To date, no source material has been optioned for the project, which plans to take an original approach to dramatizing stories drawn from the historical record.

Ellis, Zombie and the Madhouse principals will executive produce with Alcon’s Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Ben Roberts and Ryan Cunningham serve as co-producers.

“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,” Zombie said.

Zombie recently revealed that he put his Broad Street Bullies biopic on the shelf for another horror project, but didn’t say what it was. It looks like this Manson series is that project. After watching The Devil’s Rejects and knowing about Zombie’s life long interest in the Manson murders, I’ve always wanted to see him do another Helter Skelter style movie. I’m excited to see what he does with the material.

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