Courtney Love just confirmed that she’s making her grand return to acting, this time on the small screen. Yes, you read that correctly, folks! Our 90s rock goddess and former Hole front woman Courtney Love is back in the Hollywood game. This time she’s been tapped to play the mother of the Menendez brothers for Lifetime TV.
You’ll remember the Menendez brothers from that time they murdered their parents back in the late 80s. The ensuing trial was an American true crime sensation, and every sordid detail played out on TV like a harrowing serial drama. What’s worse is that the brothers’ motives were steeped in gruesome, years’ long sexual abuse at the hands of their wealthy, Beverly Hills father, a detail that still shocks newcomers to the story.
The production will explore the dark details of the abuse, the resulting murders, the brothers’ egregious spending of their inheritance, and their ultimate confessions of guilt. Love will play the mother, Kitty Menendez. Casting is currently underway for brothers Lyle and Erik.
Created and produced by World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato – the producers behind RuPaul’s Drag Race – who will direct the script by Abdi Nazemian (who also serves as executive producer).
Like American Crime Story: People V. O.J. Simpson, stories like these seem to occur for the sole purpose of being adapted for television. With other big 80s crime and trial cases being turned into beloved, dramatic TV for the new age, it seems this story in particular might be the next big awards and cash cow to follow. According to Deadline, NBC is launching Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders, this following ABC News’s two-hour documentary special earlier in January, Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murderers, as well as HLN’s hour long special, The Menendez Brothers: Murder In Beverly Hills The Aftermath.
Production begins in Vancouver this month.
Erik and Lyle are both alive, but in separate prisons serving their life sentences for the murders.