American Crime Story: Katrina seems to have had problems since day one, and the show is now undergoing a “creative pivot” according to FX CEO John Landgraf as the show gets retooled.
Originally set to the the second season of the show after The People v. O.J. Simpson, Katrina was pushed back to the third season with The Assassination Of Gianni Versace taking its place. The bigger news now is that the source material the show was set to be based on has changed, resulting in a huge alteration in the cast.
Katrina was originally set to be based on Douglas Brinkley‘s The Great Deluge, which tells the story of Katrina survivors in their own words. But the season will now be based on Sheri Fink‘s Five Days At Memorial, which chronicles the harrowing hours and days after the titular hospital lost power and doctors made the decision to euthanise over 20 terminally and critically ill patients.
Sarah Paulson will now play Dr. Anna Pou, who alongside two ICU nurses was charged with second-degree murder for the patients found to have lethal doses of morphine in their system.
The cast originally included Dennis Quaid as George W. Bush, Annette Bening as former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and Matthew Broderick as former FEMA director Michael D. Brown, but now there are no other cast members attached to the retooled version of the project.
Perhaps series creator Ryan Murphy will find a spot for the big-name actors in different roles, but right now the huge tinkering of Katrina has left the this particular season of the show up in the air. Landgraf said he was “confident” the show will eventually air, but even if it does, it will be in a much altered state to the season of TV we thought we were getting a few months ago.