The fate of American Crime Story: Katrina appears to be in jeopardy. “That just kind of got stalled,” director Anthony Hemingway told THR on Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour when asked about the previously announced season of Ryan Murphy’s hit FX anthology. “We’re all standing by waiting to find out what’s happening.”
Despite having cast several key roles with high-profile stars — including Dennis Quaid as former president George W. Bush, Annette Bening as former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Matthew Broderick as Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown — it’s possible the installment of the FX anthology may never come to fruition.
“Nothing has really been done. We haven’t started prep on it at all,” added Hemmingway, who directed who directed five episodes of the show’s Emmy-winning first season, The People V. O.J. Simpson. But is there a chance Katrina just won’t happen? “Who knows. It’s all up to Ryan Murphy,” he said. FX and producers 20th Century Fox Television did not immediately respond to THR‘s request for an update on Katrina‘s status.
Sources suggest that the reason for the Katrina delay is that Murphy has been more invested in the Versace story and that the former was proving more difficult to realize than expected. “I just think that was [what was] at play. It was the bird in hand syndrome. [Versace] needed a lot of attention, so I think he just made the decision to do that,” noted Hemingway. “Instead of do what was intended, which was doing them parallel at the same time, he chose to do them one at a time.”
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