Courtney Love to star in Menendez Brothers movie for Lifetime
The Menendez Brothers, who are spending a lifetime behind bars for murder, and their story is about to get the Lifetime treatment.
The network confirmed on Tuesday that it has green-lighted a TV movie about Lyle and Erik Menendez, who killed their parents, Jose and Kitty, in 1989, and were at the center of a media frenzy surrounding their trials and subsequent convictions in 1996. Courtney Love, the former Hole frontwoman who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in The People vs. Larry Flynt, will star as Kitty. (The roles of Lyle and Erik have yet to be cast.)
The movie will explore the “extreme abuse the brothers endured at their father’s hands while their mother looked the other way,” according to Lifetime. The official description also notes: “In the months that followed the murders, Lyle and Erik spent their inheritance lavishly, adding to investigators suspicions that they were involved in the parents’ deaths. After months of guilt consumed Erik, he confessed to the murders to his psychologist, leading to the eventual arrests of him and older brother Lyle. Their trial became a national sensation as the public devoured court testimony and the brothers testified that the murders were driven by a lifetime of sexual abuse by their father. After a mistrial and deadlocked jury, the brothers were later retried and convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole. “
The untitled film, which begins filming in February in Vancouver, will be directed and executive-produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (RuPaul’s Drag Race), with a script by Abdi Nazemian (The Quiet).
Love’s recent TV credits include Sons of Anarchy, Revenge, and Empire.
With true crime a hot genre, the Menendez brothers were the focus of an ABC documentary earlier this month, Truth and Lies: The Menéndez Brothers – American Sons, American Murderers. They also will be the subject of the first season of an NBC limited anthology series from Dick Wolf, Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders.