Most of the Ryan Murphy buzz these days surrounds the upcoming season of American Horror Story, but sister series American Crime Story: Katrina installment is making headlines by undergoing some serious changes. The planned second season was pushed back for The Assassination of Gianni Versace, set to air early next year, and this week we learned Katrina is officially stalled. The season is also reportedly going through a major overhaul with different source material and a new cast featuring Sarah Paulson.
Hollywood Reporter first shared the news that Katrina is still on track but certainly going in a new direction than originally planned. The initial script was set to be based on Douglas Brinkley's book The Great Deluge, but series creator #RyanMurphy has acquired the rights to Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial, which will now be the focus of the season.
Five Days at Memorial tells the true story of a group of medical staff from the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center who decided to euthanize critically ill patients during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The doctors and nurses took the controversial action after being trapped in the hospital without power. The book also explores the prosecution of those involved after a large number of patients died at the hospital.
The original plans for the season had big names attached to the cast including Dennis Quaid, Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick, but #SarahPaulson is now the only name connected to the new project so far. The retooling has Paulson slated for the lead role, who, according to the source material, is Dr. Anna Pou, the center figure of the prosecution.
No word yet has been released regarding other cast members, but don't be surprised to see fellow #AmericanHorrorStory or American Crime Story alums, as Ryan Murphy loves recycling his cast. Production is set to begin in spring of 2019, so stay tuned for future updates!
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(Source: Hollywood Reporter)