Rob Zombie Collaborating with American Psycho Author Bret Easton Ellis on Manson Family Murders Project
Boy, Rob Zombie changed his tune pretty quickly, didn’t he? It was less than a year ago that he vowed he was done with horror for awhile, and now, not only is he working on a new horror film, but according to Variety…
“Writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Rob Zombie have teamed with Alcon Television to develop a project for Fox that will revisit the people and events connected to the Manson Family murder spree in August 1969.
“The project is envisioned as a limited series, but it is in the very early stages of development with Fox. Ellis is set to write the script and some additional materials. Zombie is on board to direct.”
…which I imagine is not exactly a romantic comedy. Although that could be a pretty unique approach.
Ellis is most famous for his seminal 80s novels like American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction, and Less Than Zero (all of which were turned into movies, one of which was good); I really like those books, but I’ve heard less-than-flattering things about his more newer work. Most recently, he wrote the movie The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, which wasn’t well received by critics or audiences. And Zombie’s track record as a filmmaker… well… y’know. It ain’t great. So in theory, this could be interesting, but in practice, I suspect it ends up being a dud.
No word on whether or not Sheri Moon Zombie will play Sharon Tate, although Ms. Zombie is already eighteen years older than Tate was when she was murdered, so… that actually sounds like plausible Hollywood casting.
Of course, it’s possible this thing never even gets out of development and into production. Nothing to do now but wait and see…