Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men) will star in a limited series named Candy, which will be based on the real-life killer, Candy Montgomery, a Texan woman who killed the wife of the man she was having an affair with, per The Hollywood Reporter. The series will be produced by Universal Content Productions and will be shopped to different cable networks and streaming services, who will choose whether they want to pay Universal to stream the series.
The series will be set in 1980 Texas and will follow the story that leads up to the confrontation between Montgomery and her victim, Betty Gore, who was also Montgomery’s friend from church. Montgomery killed Gore with an ax, shocking the quiet suburban area in which they lived. Candy will be “tense, twisted and tempting,” says Dawn Olmstead, President of Universal Content Productions (The Hollywood Reporter).
Moss is widely known for her work on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the book of the same name by Margaret Atwood and created by Bruce Miller (producer, Eureka; producer, Alphas). It is another twisted and brutal drama that explores the worst of humanity. Moss starred as June Osborne. She is also known for playing Peggy Olson on Mad Men (created by Matthew Weiner), as well as Kitty Tyler in Jordan Peele’s film, Us.
Emmy award nominee Robin Veith (writer, Mad Men; producer, The Expanse) has written the script for the pilot and will executive produce the show with Nick Antosca (writer, Channel Zero; writer, The Act). They have previously worked with each other on Hulu’s The Act (created by Nick Antosca and Michelle Dean), a drama that, like Candy, is also based on real events and deals with true crime. Moss, who has worked with Veith before on Mad Men, will also produce.