WarnerMedia streamer HBO Max has ordered a limited true crime drama series from Big Little Lies creator David E Kelley, with Elizabeth Olsen to star and Nicole Kidman to exec produce.
Love And Death will be produced by Lionsgate Television and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter, with Kelley writing and exec producing through David E. Kelley Productions; Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films; Lesli Linka Glatter; Scott Brown and Megan Creydt through Texas Monthly, and Matthew Tinker; Michael Klick and Helen Verno.
Love And Death is inspired by the book Evidence Of Love: A True Story Of Passion And Death In The Suburbs and a collection of articles from Texas Monthly. WandaVision star Olsen will play Candy Montgomery in a fact-based story about two church going couples, enjoying small town family life in Texas – until somebody picks up an axe.
“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 Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max. “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.”
Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, added: “We cannot imagine a more perfect artist to play the leading role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen. 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.”