The shocking story of a former Texas Justice of the Peace-turned-convicted murderer will be the subject of Preserve, Protect, And Defend, a movie in development at HBO Films. It is being written by Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer as well as filmmaker Craig Zobel (Compliance), who is set to direct.
Preserve, Protect, And Defend tells the true story of 47-year-old Eric Williams, a disgraced Texas Justice of the Peace who enlisted the help of his wife to plot and murder the two district attorneys who prosecuted him, in an escalating avalanche of firearms. Williams was convicted, and in December he was sentenced to death. Olsen and Scheffer, who also developed and executive produce HBO comedy Getting On, executive produce with Lisa Bellomo for Olsen and Scheffer’s Anima Sola Production.
Zobel most recently directed the upcoming sci fi feature Z for Zachariah starring Margot Robbie and Chris Pine. Zobel, Oslsen and Scheffer are with CAA.