FX CEO John Landgraf recently talked about the long-delayed Katrina iteration of American Crime Story. It was supposed to be the anthology’s second season, but was pushed back to air after American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Landgraf revealed the cycle was undergoing a “creative pivot.”
“It was a difficult decision, because we were far along in one creative direction… [but] the bar is really high for this franchise, and we just weren’t confident we were going to get over it. And simultaneously, there was an idea for a creative pivot, which I’m going to let Ryan announce to you when he feels the time’s right to do it. I think you’ll see when he does that it’s a really, really exciting idea, and I’m now more confident about it creatively than I was before we made this pivot.”
When he stated pivot, he wasn’t kidding. The third season will now be based on the book Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink, instead of The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley. As a result of the new direction, there will no longer be parts for previously announced cast members Annette Bening, Dennis Quaid and Matthew Broderick who were set to play Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, President George W. Bush and Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown respectively. Deadline reports, though, producers are looking for new roles for them.
Murphy’s muse, Sarah Paulson, will now headline the cycle. She’ll star as Dr. Anna Pou, a physician at New Orleans’ Memorial Medical Center who led the medical staff to euthanize critically ill patients after the hospital had been without power for several days. Pou and two ICU nurses were ultimately charged with second-degree murder for their actions.
What do you think of the new direction? Will the Katrina season finally happen? Or will it get derailed again? Weigh in below.