FX’s “American Crime Story” reportedly has one of the biggest sex scandals in U.S. history lined up for a future cycle of the show.
In an exclusive, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the anthology series is preparing to tackle the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton scandal, a storyline with the potential to outdo even the show’s widely acclaimed O.J. Simpson installment.
Showrunner Ryan Murphy and producers Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions have reportedly optioned the rights to Jeffrey Toobin’s book “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.”
Toobin also penned “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which served as source material for season one of “American Crime Story.” The season was a critical sensation, including racking up nine Primetime Emmys (among a total of 22 nominations).
Reporting on the Lewinsky project, THR notes: “Sources tell THR that Murphy and producers are fast-tracking the drama and already are meeting with actresses to portray Lewinsky and colleague Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded Lewinsky’s conversations about her alleged affair with then-President Bill Clinton. Lewinsky claimed to have intimate relations with Clinton between November 1995 and March 1997. The scandal and its repercussions included impeachment hearings. Clinton was ultimately acquitted by the Senate, while two other charges of perjury and abuse of power failed in the House.”
Seasons two and three of the FX series are already in the works, with season two expected to focus on Hurricane Katrina while season three will examine the murder of famed designer Gianni Versace.