The “creative pivot” mainly involves a switch in source material for the season. The season was originally going to be based on The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley, but will now be based on Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink.
Fink’s non-fiction book centers on New Orleans Memorial Medical Center, where Dr. Anne Pou and other hospital staff made the controversial decision to euthanize terminally ill patients after being without power for several days.
Sarah Paulson will pay Pou, but no other actors are attached to the revamped version of Katrina, despite the original version had an A-list cast that included Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick and Dennis Quaid as well as People v OJ Simpson alums Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance.
Scott Rudin, who first bought the rights to Fink’s book, is now also on board as an executive producer alongside Murphy and Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.
Production is slated to begin in the spring of 2019.
Linda Ge | TV Editor