Bret Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie are teaming up with Alcon Television to develop a limited series about the Manson Family murders in August 1969. Zombie remarked:
“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.”
The project is in the very early stages of development at Fox. Should Fox greenlight the multipart series, Ellis will write the script and some additional materials. Zombie will direct. More after the jump.
Variety reports Ellis will turn to the original historical records to “tell converging stories of people and events leading up to and after the murders, from shifting points of view.”
CNN lays out the timeline for the murders:
August 8-9, 1969 – At Manson’s command, a small group of his most ardent followers brutally murder five people at the Benedict Canyon home of director Roman Polanski, near Hollywood. The victims are Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, writer Wojciech Frykowski, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring. Also killed is Steven Parent, who was a friend of the family’s gardener. The murders are committed by followers Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel. Linda Kasabian accompanies them as a lookout.
August 9-10, 1969 – Manson, displeased at the sloppiness of the previous night’s murders, accompanies a group of followers on a search for victims. In the car are: Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, Kasabian as well as Leslie van Houten and Steve “Clem” Grogan. After several hours, the group comes upon the house of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. The couple are brutally murdered by Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van Houten.
Although it was not proven Manson committed a homicide himself, Manson was convicted of first-degree murder.