Rocker/filmmaker Rob Zombie has teamed up with screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis to develop a TV show about cult leader Charles Manson. The American Psycho writer will pen the script for the mini-series, which Zombie will direct.
The show is in the early stages of development, but it will reportedly chronicle the events leading up to the night of the infamous murders in 1969, when seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, were brutally murdered by Manson's followers.
Zombie tells Variety.com, "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 realised that we shared the same vision for this epic madness."
In 1971, Manson was sentenced to death for his role in masterminding the murders, but his sentence was changed to life behind bars when California state legislators outlawed the death penalty. He is currently serving out his term at the Corcoran State Prison.
This isn't the first Manson project to be developed - TV movie Helter Skelter, based on the book by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry, hit the small screen in 1976, and the documentary film The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter, which explored the murders and the cult leader's life, was released in 2009.
Propaganda Films has bought the rights to the 1975 book Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. Bugliosi, who also wrote the best seller Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder, was the Los Angeles district attorney and lead prosecutor in the Manson Family murders. Helter Skelter, written with Curt Gentry, revolves around his investigation and prosecution of Charles Manson. CBS later adapted the book into a 1976 TV movie starring Steve Railsback as the twisted Manson. The rights to the book were tied up when the film's producer, Lorimar Pictures, was bought in 1986 by Warner Bros. According to Reuters, the feature film would be distributed by Warner Bros. and Bugliosi would serve as executive producer.