HBO Max has ordered the limited series Love and Death starring Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision) as real-life Texas killer Candy Montgomery. It’s based upon the book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs by Jim Atkinson and Joe Bob Briggs, plus articles from Texas Monthly. The logline for the series is, “Two church-going couples, enjoying small-town family life in Texas, until somebody picks up an axe.”
HBO Max Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey was ecstatic about the series order. “This is a gripping story about the frustrations and desires of two women in a small town that culminates in a terrible act of violence,” said Aubrey. “We are thrilled to be partnering with David, Lesli, Nicole, and Per and incredibly fortunate to have Elizabeth at the center of our story to bring out all the layers of Candy that make this story so unforgettable.”
The series will be written by David E. Kelley (The Undoing) and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men), who will both serve as executive producers as well. Lionsgate will produce the limited series. Executive producers include Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Scott Brown and Megan Creydt through Texas Monthly, Matthew Tinker, Michael Klick, and Helen Verno.
“We cannot imagine a more perfect artist to play the leading role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “Her talent, charisma and energy can bewitch audiences like no other. We’re proud to be collaborating with a world-class creative team of Lesli, David and Nicole on this thrilling and intriguing series and to bring another exciting premium property to our partners at HBO Max.”
Interestingly, Elisabeth Moss will portray the same axe murderer in an upcoming series called Candy by Universal Content Productions.