According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Murphy, who is responsible for TV hits such as Glee, American Horror Story and American Crime Story, has been granted a straight-to-series order for Feud, a new anthology series that will centre on famous feuds.
Feud will be produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, with the first season centring around Joan Crawford and Bette Davis' rift that they had on feature film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? That's not all: American Horror Story alum Jessica Lange will be playing Crawford and Susan Sarandon will be playing Davis. Alfred Molina will co-star as director Robert Aldrich; Stanley Tucci as Jack Warner; Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper; and Dominic Burgess will play Crawford and Davis' co-star, Victor Buono. Murphy, as with all his projects, will direct several episodes. Production begins in the fall for a 2017 debut on FX. Lange and Sarandon will also be credited as producers.
"Ryan keeps reinventing TV,” said FX Networks CEO John Landgraf. “Nip/Tuck brilliantly extended the boundaries of ad supported television. Glee reimagined the television musical. American Horror Story pioneered the modern anthological series, which has rapidly transformed the television landscape and been widely copied. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was recognized by many as the best and most-talked-about new show this year. And all of those shows have been award-winning ratings hits. Feud adds a third and equally ambitious franchise to Ryan’s unprecedented slate of FX anthological limited series and marks our third such collaboration with studio partner 20th Century Fox Television/Fox 21. The series will offer a seductive, insightful look at what lies behind legendary personality conflicts.”
The pilot will be partly based on the script Best Actress, which was written by Jaffe Cohen and Michael Zam. Murphy will executive produce alongside Plan B Entertainment's Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner. This will be Murphy's fourth series heading into the fall TV season, as he currently helms American Horror Story, American Crime Story - both of which are at FX - as well as FOX's Scream Queens. All of his projects are anthology series.
This marks Lange's return to TV following four seasons on American Horror Story, before leaving for the Broadway revival of Long Days Journey Into Night, for which she has been nominated for a Tony Award.
With the sixth season's theme and cast yet to be revealed, I guess this report counts Lange out for an American Horror Story return, unless she opts for a recurring status.
Are you excited for Feud? Or would you rather Jessica Lange return to American Horror Story? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]