Courtney Love will star in an upcoming Lifetime movie about the infamous Menendez murders, The Hollywood Reporter has gathered. Love will play Kitty Menendez, the wife of entertainment exec Jose Menendez, both of whom were murdered by their sons Erik and Lyle in 1989. Based on a true story, the movie will air on the Lifetime network and seeks to reveal the “extreme abuse” the sons suffered at the hands of their father, while Kitty turned a blind eye.
The official description of the as-yet untitled flick is below:
“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. Erik and Lyle remain in prison today, where they are serving their time in separate prisons, nearly 30 years since murdering their parents.”
Love counts another real-life drama on her resume, The People Vs. Larry Flint (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe award) as well as film credits such as 200 Cigarettes and TV spots on Revenge, Empire, and Sons of Anarchy. Production on the Menendez project is imminent.