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FX’s Landgraf Explains Delays in ‘American Crime Story: Katrina’

Aug 3, 2018  •  Post A Comment

FX’s “American Crime Story” anthology series, which in the past has examined the O.J. Simpson trial and the Gianni Versace assassination, appears to have hit a snag in its efforts to bring Hurricane Katrina to the screen.

FX chief John Landgraf, appearing today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, attributed delays in the project to script changes, suggesting it’s up to executive producer Ryan Murphy to make the next move.

“We went back to square one and started over,” Landgraf is quoted saying on EW.com. “My understanding is [producers] have seen scripts but they haven’t given them to me yet. So much of it is right now is Ryan.”

EW notes that Murphy, who has a long history with FX that has included creating and executive producing the 2003-2010 medical drama “Nip/Tuck,” recently signed a production deal with Netflix worth $300 million and appears to be shifting his attention in that direction. EW notes that FX’s “Feud” franchise, which was co-created by Murphy, has also hit a snag, as we reported separately.

EW quotes Landgraf saying today of Murphy: “He kind of sets his own timetable. I’m quite certain ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Pose’ are on an annual cycle. With ‘Crime Story’ and ‘Feud’ they’re on a cycle of when the material is good enough and when … Ryan willing and able to slot that into his schedule. So I think there will be more cycles, but I’m not really in control of that.”

Landgraf also said today that Murphy’s “American Horror Story” has been renewed at FX for season 10, which will bring the series all the way into 2020.

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