Fox and Alcon Entertainment have tapped Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis to develop a television series about the Manson murders in 1969. This is very early in development, but if all goes according to plan the material will be written by Ellis with Zombie directing. The task at hand is to develop a multi-part series into the storytelling of people and events from different points of view leading up to the murders.
Rob Zombie has been venturing into the world of film since his directorial debut in 2003 with House of 1000 Corpses. He has since directed films such as The Devil's Rejects, Lords of Salem, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, and the 2007 remake of Halloween. Zombie stated, "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 2013 haunted house, Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare, included segments inspired by the Manson Family murders.
If you are unaware of the Charles Manson murders, it is a very short timetable taking place in just two days in August 1969. Manson led a small group of followers (aka, the Manson Family) and on his command they murdered a total of seven people from August 8th through the 10th. The most famous victims included Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, along with coffee heiress Abigail Folger. Charles Manson, along with his "family," were convicted of first-degree murder in 1971 with Manson, Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins, Charles Watson, and Leslie Van Houten all receiving the death penalty. In 1972 the state of California abolished the death penalty, so all sentences were transformed to life in prison.
Charles Manson was denied parole for the 12th time in April 2012.
Patricia Krenwinkle was denied parole for the 13th time in January 2011.
Charles Watson was denied parole for the 16th time in November 2011.
Leslie Van Houten was denied parole for the 19th time in July 2010.
Susan Atkins died in prison in September 2009.
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