Variety reports that aging rocker Rob Zombie is working with Bret Easton Ellis on a TV show based on the Manson Family murders for Fox. Zombie, who was born when Lyndon B. Johnson was president, explained that "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,” said the 49 year old Zombie, who was dressed in a satanic version of the type of outfit Macho Man Randy Savage used to wear in Slim Jim commercials. Zombie then wiggled his fingers menacingly at reporters, which all present agreed was extremely scary.
The project, which is in early development, is being planned as a limited series depicting the real life murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other victims by the followers of Charles Manson in 1969. However, Zombie admits that it could possibly turn into an ongoing series set in an alternate reality where Manson gets away with the murders and goes on to do some "really freaky shit," which Zombie envisions would be "totally bitching." Ellis will be writing, with Zombie signed on to direct.
Besides singing for the proto-nu-metal band White Zombie back when MTV played music videos before embarking on a successful solo career, Zombie has also directed several horror films, including a remake of Halloween, a movie Zombie would have seen at its original debut, when he was 13. Just for reference, here's a photo of Zombie wearing a jean jacket from February:
Zombie is also an occasional comic book writer, with credits such as Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock and The Nail, the latter of which we remember as being pretty good, though we may have been high on drugs when we read it. Zombie reportedly plans to spend his fiftieth birthday next year dressing up as a monster and frightening conformists at the mall.