Bret Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie Are Teaming Up For a TV Series on Charles Manson

Let the nightmares begin

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US writer Bret Easton Ellis poses during the photocall of "The Canyons" presented out of competition during the 70th Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2013 at Venice Lido.

In a convergence of talents, novelist-turned-screenplay writer Bret Easton Ellis and musician-turned-director Rob Zombie are joining forces for a Fox television series about notorious cult leader Charles Manson.

Manson, who ordered a group of his followers to barbarically murder seven people—including Roman Polanski’s then-wife, a very-pregnant Sharon Tate—was convicted in 1971 and is still in prison to this day. Though the infamous slayings have been the subject of many books, Variety reports that Ellis and Zombie have not optioned any source material. Instead, the duo plans to take a fresh approach by “dramatizing stories drawn from the historical record” and “will revisit the people and events connected to the Manson Family murder spree in August 1969. The project is envisioned as a limited series.”

Ellis, who, appropriately, penned the book American Psycho and the script for 2013′s The Canyons, will write the mini-series. Zombie, who helmed the 2012 film The Lords of Salem, will direct. The project is still in the early stages of development, but we are already planning on sleeping with the light on.

[Variety]

2 comments
spectre4lom
spectre4lom

Yep but innocent Sharon Tate and her beautiful Baby were brutally snatched from us, nothing can change that fact and that horrible gruesome night, that "family" (no questions about it), did it and they had to pay...

clincher
clincher

Hopefully Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis will take an honest look at the events leading up to the murders of August 1969 without the fears that clutched Americans hearts and the political interferences.  At a time when Nixon wanted an end to hippies and anti-Viet Nam war demonstrations, when middle-class America wanted a return to their comfortable right-wing Baptist routines, when change to the social landscape meant a loss of power to the ruling class, an opportunity to turn the world right again was found.


All people want to understand the world in which they live, to feel safe.  Knowledge is power and middle-class America didn't understand the social changes that younger people were now demanding.  Even now, 45 years later Black-Americans and women are still struggling for equal treatment.  "The Family' treated all members equally and fairly - young and old had had an equal voice; women and men shared all duties.  Though Charles Manson was highly regarded as a pseudo-prophet, there was no one true leader.  Unlike cults outside friendships and associations were encouraged.  People were free to join and leave without question, some stayed only days or weeks while others stayed years.  Everyone had duties and everyone was part of the whole.


There's no question that drugs and music were part of the landscape of Family life.  America was over-flowing with both in 1969.  Music was everywhere, and with it came the lyrics that described the national mood of youth.  But those words were demanding a change to an America that had grown ugly and unjust.  A change that was uncomfortable to many and a return to the status quo could easily be had by exploiting the tragedy of Sharon Tate et al, by deflecting attention away from the facts that recording deals and promises had been broken and songs stolen from Manson, and directing focus to hippies (who were already untrusted and labelled lazy bums) drugs, and sublime messages in rock music that could take over the minds of anyone's children.  Charles Manson perfectly fit the mould.  He was too diminutive to intimidate or control anyone so it was purported that he controlled the thoughts and actions of others through brain-washing with drugs, music and twisted teachings.


And so America found, tried, and with the help of President Nixon, found their bogey-man and safely locked him away so all could return to their blissful, productive lives.