Ryan Murphy Updates American Crime Story: Impeachment, Talks Katrina

Just because the next chapter of FX's Impeachment: American Crime Story isn't set to premiere until 2021, it's never too early for executive producer Ryan Murphy to offer his thoughts on having Monica Lewinsky agree to be a part of the upcoming season and to offer her perspective on what lead up to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton (Clive Owen). The award-winning true crime anthology will focus on the political scandal, but with the focus on Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford), Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein), and Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson), with Lewinsky serves as a producer. Billy Eichner (American Horror Story) is set to play "journalist" and Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge, while GLOW star Betty Gilpin is set to play ultra-conservative media pundit Ann Coulter.

Ryan Murphy talks about American Crime Story, courtesy of Kathy Hutchins and Shutterstock.com.
Ryan Murphy talks about American Crime Story, courtesy of Kathy Hutchins and Shutterstock.com.

Speaking with Collider exclusively, Murphy expressed his appreciation at being able to work with Lewinsky in getting her story heard, comparing it to a previous season of the series: "I'm very, very excited to have Monica Lewinsky's version of what happened be put out there in the world, and I think that she's earned the right to be able to tell her story, how she wants to tell it. And I think her version of what happened and the facts will be very startling to people, and I think it's important. I love and care for her as a person. It's very similar to what happened when we did OJ with Marcia Clark. You forget how vilified and misunderstood Marcia Clark was, and I feel the same way about Monica. That she's not been treated fairly, and that she is a cultural figure who literally deserves her day in court, and in this show, she will get it."

Murphy also explained why the rumored "Katrina" season of American Crime Story never came to be: "We tried developing that. It was just too vast and expensive. I ultimately just couldn't figure out how to crack it, to be honest. I don't think we're going to be doing that. We have many, many, many different Crime Stories in the works, but it's a very hard show. It always takes two years to write. And we never do it, we never move forward unless we're absolutely sure that the scripts are great."

Impeachment: American Crime Story is set to focus on what lead to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton (Clive Owen), though not from the President's perspective. Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford), Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein), and Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) will serve as the main focus of the season, with Lewinsky serves as a producer. Billy Eichner (American Horror Story) is set to play "journalist" and Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge, while GLOW star Betty Gilpin is set to play ultra-conservative media pundit Ann Coulter. Sarah Burgess pens the season and serves as executive producer alongside director Richard Shepard, Murphy, Paulson, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, and Alexis Martin Woodall. Lewinsky, Feldstein, Henrietta Conrad, and Jemima Khan will produce the season, based on the book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President by legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

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