The bizarre story of the Menendez brothers, who were convicted over the murder of their parents in a highly-publicized trial from 1994, is now getting the Lifetime treatment after a being featured in a two-part Snapped special. The upcoming made-for-TV movie features a pretty star-studded cast including Courtney Love, Nico Tortorella, Myko Olivier, and Benito Martinez.
Love is set to play Menendez matriarch Kitty, while Tortorella and Olivier will be portraying the infamous Erik and Lyle. The case rose to prominence in the early 90's as the public debated whether Erik and Lyle were money-hungry psychopaths or victims of child abuse.
Lifetime's true crime movies have generally been panned by critics but have gained a cult, camp following. In the poorly reviewed House of Versace movie, Gina Gershon played the legendary designer who was the subject of Deborah Ball’s book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival. Shortly after that Lifetime went old school and cast Christina Ricci in the Lizzie Borden biopic, which was later spun off into a TV series. The network also gave the JonBenet Ramsey case it's own interpretation just last year. It remains to be seen whether Menendez: Blood Brothers will advance the tongue-in-cheek aesthetic of the channel's previous endeavors or if this project will mark a significant shift in tone for the station.
Menendez: Blood Brothers will debut on Lifetime on June 11th at 8/7c.
The Menendez Brothers' story will also be getting a treatment with NBC's new Law And Order: True Crime series, which will air June 10th. Check out the trailer for that, below:
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