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Showrunner Ryan Murphy continues to look ahead as he builds his AMERICAN CRIME STORY franchise with the option of A Vast Conspiracy. The book, which follows the President Bill Clinton scandal with Monica Lewinsky, is in the works as the focus of a future season of the anthology series.
A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brough Down a President was penned by Jeffrey Toobin, who previously wrote The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson which became the inspiration for the show’s first season. Toobin was also very involved with production as a consultant to the writing staff. Producers are already on the hunt for two female actors to portray Lewinsky and her colleague Linda Tripp. The relationship between Lewinsky and Clinton led to the president’s impeachment hearings, where he was ultimately acquitted by the Senate.
FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios are already in production on season two, which will center around Hurrican Katrina, and season three, which explores the assassination of Gianni Versace. Murphy is producing with Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, and Brad Simpson.
Murphy has become a go-to for female actors looking for powerhouse roles, particularly after Sarah Paulson’s performance as Marcia Clark in People v. O.J. Simpson which has won numerous awards. His latest project, Feud, will star Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, depicting the backstage battle behind-the-scenes on the film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
With the current wave of feminism, Monica Lewinsky has been able to tell her side of the scandal in the public eye more, redefining how many people view her. With Paulson and Murphy able rewrite the perception of Marcia Clark, it is likely that Murphy is hoping to strike lightning again and change how Lewinsky’s public narrative continues to be written.
Murphy is repped by CAA.
Emily J | Staff Writer