It’s been well over a year now since FX and Ryan Murphy first announced Katrina: American Crime Story as the next edition of their franchise. However, since that point, there hasn’t been a whole lot in the way of news about production actually started. While the series has cast such big names as Dennis Quaid (playing George W. Bush) and Annette Bening (former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blacno), there hasn’t been all that much to prepare for the show being filmed, let alone for it to air.
At first, Katrina was meant to be the second season of the show; now, it’s being listed as the third with The Assassination of Gianni Versace being the second case that the show is going to tackle. Supposedly, one of the recent reasons for the delay was production needing time to replicate Hurricane Katrina and create an authentic experience, but even that seems far away from coming to fruition now.
Director Anthony Hemmingway is a may with all sorts of experience with the franchise, having directed five episodes of The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. With that in mind, he would definitely be in the know on this new project and what’s being done to turn it into a reality. Yet, he tells The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview that he and the rest of the cast and crew are very much still waiting to hear what’s next:
“That just kind of got stalled … We’re all standing by waiting to find out what’s happening … Nothing has really been done. We haven’t started prep on it at all.”
Hemmingway noted that the show’s future is “up to Ryan Murphy,” and we’re personally starting to feel like it may be better to just have the showrunner and FX move on to something else for the third season. Replicating a disaster of this magnitude is an extreme, expensive undertaking, and we just don’t think that it’s worth it for what the results would be. People enjoyed watching The People v. OJ Simpson because it was a juicy court case. There is nothing all that juicy about this, and instead, it actually just feels rather depressing since it killed so many people and displaced others. It ruined lives, and while the OJ case did as well, the people impacted directly were more of a select few. We don’t really see all that much that is interesting about watching an event that produced such widespread destruction.
Also, we still don’t feel like Hurricane Katrina feels right for what the brand of American Crime Story is supposed to be. It was explained at first that the government’s handling of Katrina was a crime, and even if that is true, it’s hard to put an entire country/various organizations in it on trial. FX would just be better off removing the branding and just calling this Katrina, provided it ever happens.
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