The credits have just finished rolling on the second season of American Crime Story, the superb The Assassination of Gianni Versace, but already series showrunner Ryan Murphy is looking to future installments. While we know that the next season is to be the delayed Hurricane Katrina story, the future of another rumoured season is now uncertain.
Following the success of the anthology series’ first season, a number of future stories were thrown around. Among these were this season’s Versace, next season’s Katrina and another looking at the scandal and subsequent drama surrounding Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. However, this last story might now never see the light of day.
The series was set to be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s 2000 best-selling book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President. Plans had progressed to the stage that the producers optioned the book more than a year ago, but now they are reconsidering.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy related that he had run into Lewinsky at a Hollywood party and had informed her of their decision not to proceed as planned. “I told her, ‘Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do,'” Murphy recalls saying. “‘If you want to produce it with me, I would love that; but you should be the producer and you should make all the goddamn money.'”
There is no word on whether Lewinsky is considering Murphy’s offer, but I applaud Murphy for presenting it to her. With the events taking place at roughly the same period as first season’s OJ trial and this season’s Versace murder, it could be interesting to revisit this period of American history especially looking back through the eyes of a #MeToo movement audience.
In other Murphy anthology series news, he also announced that he was “throwing in” Hollywood diva Joan Collins into the American Horror Story mix, with the Dynasty stars joining the cast for season 8. Not only that but that he is “interested” in Anjelica Huston as well. If that comes to fruition, season 8 is going to be one amazing season. As always, little is known about the season, but Collins will star alongside AHS regulars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and the returning Kathy Bates.
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