The series will be based on John Bloom and Jim Atkinson’s book “Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs,” as well as two long-form Texas Monthly articles titled “Love & Death In Silicon Prairie, Part I & II.” Here’s what else we know so far.
David E. Kelley, the producer of HBO Max’s “Big Little Lies” and “The Undoing,” which debuted in 2017 and 2020, is adding another drama to the service.
The latest series will follow in the footsteps of the aforementioned shows, focusing on a gripping murder case. The show, titled “Love and Death,” is different from Kelley’s previous HBO projects in one important way: it’s based on a true storey from the early 1980s, when Candy Montgomery murdered her neighbour and friend Betty Gore.
When should we expect Love and Death to be released?
“Love and Death” does not yet have a release date. The upcoming series has only recently been given the green light, indicating that it is still in the early stages of production. Since the show is still in its early stages, it will most likely take some time before it is published.
To give you some background, “The Undoing” was first revealed in March of 2018 and was supposed to be published in March of 2020. (via USA Today, Den of Geek).
Owing to COVID-19-related problems and delays, the series was then moved back to October 2020. Even without the delay, the time between the initial announcement and the release would have been about two years. Although “Love and Death” may have a faster production, this pair of shows is a good fit for comparison, particularly because COVID-19 is still something that productions will have to consider for the near future.
Who will play the roles of Love and Death?
“Love and Death” has already cast its leading lady: Elizabeth Olsen will play Candy Montgomery, the woman at the core of the murder case that will be the subject of the series.
According to Deadline, Olsen has been approached for several high-profile upcoming projects after directing the highly popular Disney+ series “WandaVision.”
With Olsen on board, the roles of Gore, Montgomery’s husband, Pat, and Gore’s husband, Allan, will almost certainly be cast next.
What would the story of Love and Death be about ?
“Love and Death” is based on the gruesome 1980 murder of Betty Gore, who was found dead with 41 axe wounds in the small Texas town of Wylie. According to Texas Monthly, Betty’s husband, Allan, and Candy Montgomery, a married neighbour and acquaintance, started dating in the late 1970s.
Betty was discovered dead not long after they ended their affair.
Candy quickly rose to the top of the suspect list after claiming to be the last person to see Betty alive. Candy admitted to the murder during her trial, but she described it as self-defense, alleging that Betty assaulted her first after learning about the affair. Candy was acquitted on all charges.
It’s uncertain if the new series will concentrate on the whole plot or only a few key elements or moments. Aside from this rich and convincing tale, the trial’s result left many people doubting Candy’s story.
As Soapboxie pointed out, Candy’s self-defense storey has some flaws, such as Betty’s lack of awareness of the affair in her final days — for example, she had just written her parents a letter in which she referred to Candy as a “true friend.”Whatever path the “Love and Death” creative team chooses, there will undoubtedly be plenty of interesting information to investigate.