There’s Finally An Update On American Crime Story: Katrina
Ryan Murphy has been balancing a lottt of projects lately, and with all the hubbubaround American Horror Story: Cult, it’s easy to forget that he has another “American [insert] Story” series. And with the success of The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, it’s no surprise that there’s already a next season lined up, based on the assassination of Gianni Versace.
But before the Versace season, there was supposed to be an American Crime Storybased on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit back in 2005, in New Orleans. Yet based on the lack of updates, it wasn’t clear if the series was still happening.
Well… it definitely is! The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the show will go on, but albeit based on different source material: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink instead of The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley. And now, the plot will center on New Orleans Memorial Medical Center’s Dr. Anna Pou — who will be played by none other than Murphy favorite Sarah Paulson.
The role is, with all respect to Ms. Paulson, perfectly cast: Fink won a Pulitzer for her reporting New Orleans Memorial Medical Center. Why? Because of an investigation into whether or not hospital staff, Pou included, euthanized patients in critical condition who were left without care after the flood.
Alas, much of the other previously-assembled cast has left the project; Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Quaid, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, and Courtney B. Vance had all at one point been attached, but it looks like outside of Paulson, it’s back to the drawing board. As production’s now slated to start in 2019, there’s more time for Murphy and his team to put together an Emmy-sweeping ensemble now.