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Love And Death - What We Know So Far

David E. Kelley, creator of "Big Little Lies" and "The Undoing," which premiered on HBO Max in 2017 and 2020 respectively, is bringing yet another drama to the streaming service. Falling in a similar realm to the aforementioned shows, the new project will also focus on a compelling murder case. The show, titled "Love and Death," differs from Kelley's previous HBO projects, however, in one key way — it's based on a true story from the early 1980s when Candy Montgomery killed her friend and neighbor, Betty Gore.

Alongside Kelley, "Love and Death" will be produced by Nicole Kidman and Lesli Linka Glatter with Lionsgate Television (via The Hollywood Reporter). Additionally, Deadline reported that Glatter will also direct the series; she has previously directed shows such as "Homeland," "True Blood," and "Mad Men."

The series will be based on the book, "Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs" by John Bloom and Jim Atkinson, as well as two long-form articles by Texas Monthly titled "Love & Death In Silicon Prairie, Part I & II." Here's everything else we know so far about the upcoming series.

When will Love and Death be released?

As of now, there is no release date for "Love and Death." The upcoming series has just been greenlit, which means it is still in its early stages of development. Being at such an early stage, it'll likely be a while before the show is released.

For reference, "The Undoing" was first announced back in March of 2018 and was originally intended to be released in March of 2020 (via USA Today, Den of Geek). The series then had to be pushed back to October 2020, due to COVID-19-related complications and delays. Still, even without the delay, it would've been about two years in between the initial announcement and release. While it's possible that "Love and Death" could have a speedier production, this pair of shows is pretty apt for comparison, especially since COVID-19 is still very much something productions will have to take into account for the foreseeable future.

What we do know, however, is that the team at HBO is excited for "Love and Death," as suggested by a statement issued to Deadline by HBO Max's head of original content, Sarah Aubrey.

Who will be in Love and Death?

"Love and Death" has already found its lead: Elizabeth Olsen will portray Candy Montgomery, the woman at the center of the murder case the series will cover. After leading the ultra-successful Disney+ series, "WandaVision," Olsen was approached for several high-profile upcoming projects, according to Deadline.

The team behind "Love and Death" is definitely happy that Olsen chose their project to pursue next. In her statement, HBO Max's Aubrey concluded with a note on Olsen's casting, declaring that she is "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." Additionally, Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs said that "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."

With Olsen now on board, the next roles that will likely be cast are those of Gore, as well as Montgomery's husband, Pat, and Gore's husband, Allan.

What will Love and Death be about?

"Love and Death" will be based on the shocking 1980 murder of Betty Gore in the small town of Wylie, Texas, who was found dead with 41 ax wounds. As laid out by Texas Monthly, Betty's husband, Allan, and Candy Montgomery, their neighbor and friend who was also married, began an affair in the late 1970s. Shortly after they ended the affair, Betty was found dead. Candy quickly became the prime suspect after reporting herself as being the last one to see Betty alive. During her trial, Candy confessed to the murder, although she framed it as self-defense, claiming that Betty attacked her first in a fit of rage after finding out about the affair. Candy Montgomery was found not guilty.

It's unclear if the new series will focus on the entire overarching story, or hone in on one or a few aspects or moments. In addition to this rich and compelling story, the outcome of the trial left many people questioning Candy's story. As Soapboxie pointed out, there are some holes in Candy's self-defense story, such as Betty showing no indication of knowledge of the affair in her final days — for example, she had just sent a letter to her parents in which she called Candy a "good friend."

Whatever route of storytelling the creative team of "Love and Death" decides to go with, there are surely lots of fascinating details to explore.