A match made in…well, not heaven, exactly, but it’s certainly one that fits. Filmmaker and musician Rob Zombie and author Bret Easton Ellis have teamed up to work on a limited series based on the Manson Family murders. According to Variety, the project is in early development stages at Fox. Ellis will write the script and some additional material. Zombie will direct.
The series will follow the events leading up to the murders, shifting points of view among the many involved. The victims of the gruesome acts included Sharon Tate, the actress and pregnant wife of Roman Polanski.
Zombie has already covered similarly gruesome material before with his directorial debut “House of 1,000 Corpses” and its 2005 follow-up “The Devil’s Rejects,” which follow a group of sadistic killers known as the Firefly family. Zombie also delved into serial killer psychology with his uneven but interesting “Halloween” remakes. Ellis, meanwhile, is best known for his highly controversial cult novel “American Psycho” and its 2000 film adaptation starring Christian Bale, and recently wrote the original screenplay for Paul Schrader’s “The Canyons,” starring Lindsay Lohan.
“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,” Zombie told Variety. “After speaking with Bret, I immediately realized that we shared the same vision for this epic madness.”
Zombie developed the idea with Adam Kolbrenner and Robyn Meisinger of Madhouse Entertainment, who then brought it to Ellis and Alcon Television. The four will serve as executive producers alongside Alcon’s Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, with Ben Roberts and Ryan Cunningham as co-producers.