In early August 1969, Charles Manson and his followers unleashed a murder spree that left seven people dead in Los Angeles, including Sharon Tate, the wife of Roman Polanski who was eight and a half months pregnant. The acts were violent, and messages were written at the crime scenes in blood. The killings became a media sensation, and though Manson himself may not have killed anyone, he was still sentenced to death as the ringleader of the cult (he was known to control his followers with drugs, among other methods). The sentence was later commuted to life in prison, and prison is where he remains.
Now, Variety reports that Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis are in the early stages of a collaboration that would bring the events to television in a limited series for Fox. With Ellis as writer and Zombie as director, the plan for the series is to use multiple points of view to depict the people and events leading up to the murders. The project was originally developed by Zombie and Madhouse Entertainment, and they brought it to Ellis and Alcon Television. The show will be a dramatization of the Manson murders, rather than an attempt to recreate the history with complete accuracy.
“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,” Zombie said. “After speaking with Bret, I immediately realized that we shared the same vision for this epic madness.”