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We're not getting 'Broad Street Bullies' so Rob Zombie can direct a TV show about the Manson murders with Bret Easton Ellis

Last we heard from Rob Zombie, he had dashed our hopes of seeing Broad Street Bullies on the big screen by announcing he was shelving the project. Now, we get a little glimpse into why, and it has a lot to do with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis.

We’re not getting ‘Broad Street Bullies’ so Rob Zombie can direct a TV show about the Manson murders with Bret Easton Ellis

Director and rock musician Rob Zombie does some "fact-finding" with two of the Broad Street Bullies, Bernie Parent (center) and Bob Kelly. (ZACK HILL)
Director and rock musician Rob Zombie does some "fact-finding" with two of the Broad Street Bullies, Bernie Parent (center) and Bob Kelly. (ZACK HILL)

Last we heard from Rob Zombie, he had dashed our hopes of seeing Broad Street Bullies on the big screen by announcing he was shelving the project. Now, we get a little glimpse into why, and it has a lot to do with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis. 

Zombie and Ellis will team up with Fox bring us a “limited series” based on the Manson Family murders in August 1969. The project is still in the early stages of development, but Ellis is slated to write the script and Zombie will direct (this instead of Broad Street Bullies). 

The Manson project reportedly will tell the converging stories of the Manson Family and their victims from multiple points of view. As a result, no existing material has been optioned, suggesting that Ellis and Zombie at least will go for an original take. 

“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,” Zombie said in a statement.

So, yes, Zombie wasn’t lying when he said fans of House of 1000 Corpses and the like would be fans of the project he was dropping Broad Street Bullies for. Still, though, seems like it would benefit from more Bobby Clarke.

[Variety]

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