The Walt Disney Company streaming service Hulu released "Candy," the true-crime limited series starring Jessica Biel. However, another production company is adapting the same story.
Created by Nick Antosca ("The Act") and Robin Veith ("Lights Out"), Jessica Biel's "Candy" premiered on Hulu on May 9 and will release its fifth and final episode on May 13.
The limited series is based on a true story that shocked Dallas in 1980. The crime was so sensational that HBO Max is working on another TV show about it. Here's everything you need to know about "Candy."
Jessica Biel on February 16, 2016 in West Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
WHAT'S THE PLOT OF "CANDY"?
Nick Antosca and Robin Veith found inspiration in Candy Montgomery's true story, a housewife from Dallas, Texas. Candy and her best friend, Betty Gore, were almost inseparable until the former had an affair with the latter's husband, Allan Gore.
Betty eventually discovered Candy and Allan's relationship and confronted her, but Candy killed Betty in the Gore family home. Betty's one-year-old daughter was also in the house, and Candy left her alone and screaming for hours.
Melanie Lynskey on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
In real life, Candy confessed she ended Betty's life but was found not guilty of murder. The judge believed Candy's claims of killing Betty in self-defense.
Candy said Betty supposedly attacked her with an ax while confronting her about the affair, and she hit Betty several times with that same ax. After that, Candy took a shower in Betty's bathroom and left to pick up her children from Bible school.
"Candy" provides the audience with Candy Montgomery's version of the crime. Still, it keeps the ambiguity on what happened.
WHO IS IN THE CAST OF "CANDY"?
"Candy" might have a small cast, but they are all Hollywood stars. Apart from Jessica Biel starring as Candy Montgomery, "Away We Go" star Melanie Lynskey portrays Betty Gore, "Halo" actor Pablo Schreiber plays Allan Gore, and "Veep" alum Timothy Simos portrays Pat Montgomery.
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actor Raúl Esparza also appears in the show and plays Candy's defense lawyer Don Crowder. "The Blind Side" actress Sharon Conley portrays Sandra Lockett, the opposing counsel.
"Candy" and "Love and Death" are not the only projects about Candy Montgomery's case.
IS THIS THE ONLY ADAPTATION OF CANDY MONTGOMERY'S CASE?
Betty Gore and Candy Montgomery's true-crime story (and the not-guilty verdict) was so fascinating that "Candy" is not the only TV miniseries about it.
Written by "Big Little Lies" and "The Undoing" writer David E. Kelly and directed by "Homeland" director Lesli Linka Glatter, "Love and Death" is expected to premiere on HBO Max in 2022.
Patrick Fugit portrays Pat Montgomery, and Lily Rabe plays Betty Gore. Keir Gilchrist, Elizabeth Marvel, and Tom Pelphrey also star.
It is essential to point out that "Candy" and "Love and Death" are not the only projects about Candy Montgomery's case. In 1990, the TV film "A Killing in a Small Town" also told the story, proving that the crime has shocked more than one generation.
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