I’ve been following the development of American Crime Story 2, and the way Ryan Murphy and his team have been selecting their subjects to explore. Series two, we know, will be based around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the effect it had on New Orleans, and will appear some time early next year. And, in the week that Annette Bening was confirmed to appear alongside Sara Paulson as governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, Ryan Murphy gave an interview yesterday where he confirmed the subjects for series three and four.
I’m just about to go in on the final episode of The Moorside, but before I do I saw this and was intrigued. Murphy and his team seem to be picking subjects that were fully in the public gaze: incredibly outré stories that featured hugely visible and/or popular people.
In an interview with E! News, Murphy spoke about the fact that after Katrina, he and his team would be turning their attention to the assassination of Gianni Versace in 1997, and then, for series four, would tackle the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Murphy said in his interview that the series wouldn’t be about Hilary Clinton – and that Sarah Paulson would not be playing Hilary – but about the rise of a far-right faction that became Clinton haters and used all they could to get him impeached. The series would be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s 1999 book, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.
Both Katrina and the Versace series would be shooting almost simultaneously this year, and the Lewinsky series would start to shoot at the end of year.
Ryan Murphy’s going to be a busy boy!