The last time Rob Zombie and Manson teamed up, it was Marilyn Manson, and they were touring together. Now, the vocalist/director has reportedly teamed up with author Bret Easton Ellis to make a project about the Manson Family murders in 1969. Variety reports:
Writer Bret Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie 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 envisioned as a limited series, but it is in the very early stages of development with Fox. 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 seven people dead in the Los Angeles area. Among the victims were actress Sharon Tate, who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time with the child of director Roman Polanski, and prominent Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring.
This sounds like it’ll be amazing, actually. Zombie is definitely good at shooting dark, grisly stuff, even if his films don’t wind up being all that coherent. American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has been writing about Los Angeles’ seamy underground for much of his career (check out his first novel, Less than Zero for a look at ’80s L.A. at it’s most depraved and vacuous. The only potential problem is that it’s for Fox. This would probably work best on cable, where they could show more sex, drugs, and violence. It’s kind of tough to imagine how this will work on network TV.