Friday, February 28, 2014
HORROR ON TV - Bret Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie To Join Forces on Manson Family Project
Now, first and foremost, this project is so fresh that you can't even say it's in the preliminary stages of development. It's far from being greenlit, so don't get too excited yet, but it's extremely possible that it may happen.
Fox has commissioned writer/novelist Bret Easton Elliot (American Psycho novel, The Canyons) and famed horror director Rob Zombie (The Devil's Rejects, The Lords of Salem) for a project that sheds light on the people and circumstances that led to the infamous Manson Family murders. Ellis and Zombie have teamed with Alcon Television for the project.
The project is envisioned as a miniseries, and will focus on the intersecting stories of lives and events leading up to what became known as the most infamous murder spree in American history. Zombie developed the idea for the project with Adam Kolbrenner and Robyn Meisinger of Madhouse Entertainment, who then took it to Ellis and Alcon. Ellis, Zombie and the Madhouse principals will exec produce with Alcon’s Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Ben Roberts and Ryan Cunningham serve as co-producers.
The Manson Family murders have drawn interest and speculation from millions of people since their twisted ideology came to light in 1969, and Zombie's interest in the case is what drew him into the project. “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.
Charles Manson's level of depravity, manipulation and sadistic tendencies run so deep that he was convicted and sentenced to death in 1971 without having committed a single homicide. When the death sentence was abolished in America in 1972, as being seen unconstitutional, Manson's sentence was changed to life in prison. However, when it was reinstated, his sentence of life imprisonment stood. He has been denied parole 12 times, but continues to harbor a band of followers outside the walls of Corcoran State Prison who still call themselves the Manson family.