Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis making Manson Family series

News Louisa Mellor 28 Feb 2014 - 07:35

Director Rob Zombie is teaming up with writer Bret Easton Ellis to make a TV drama about the Manson Family murders...

With True DetectiveThe FollowingHannibal and well, the vast majority of TV drama not set in hospitals going strong, audience appetite for gruesome murder on television appears to be thriving. Fox is planning to add some more corpses to TV's charnel house with a limited 'event series' chronicling the August 1969 Manson Family murders.

The creatives behind that series, director Rob Zombie and writer Bret Easton Ellis, couldn't be better chosen for shock, gore and a fascination with life's darker edges. Zombie told Variety, "“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's previous film work, from directorial debut House Of 1000 Corpses to recent Lords Of Salem via Halloween 2, has yet to attract much critical praise, unlike that of his collaborator, Ellis, whose early novels American Psycho and Less Than Zero established him as a true literary talent, though not, it should be said, an uncontroversial one.

If the series is greenlit, it will "tell converging stories of people and events leading up to and after the murders, from shifting points of view". More news as it arrives.

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