Of all the American Crime Story ideas for Ryan Murphy to scrap, the story of Monica Lewinsky is the most surprising one. (I am still really, really scared by the Katrina season, which was supposed to come out before Versace … it just doesn’t seem like the right material for the tone of this particular anthology). But, as is being reported by THR, the prolific TV show creator is backing away from the saga of the White House intern and then-President Bill Clinton that was chronicled in Jeffrey Toobin‘s 2000 best-seller, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President.
According to THR, Murphy recently told Lewinsky at a Hollywood party that, “‘Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do,’ Murphy recalls saying. ‘If you want to produce it with me, I would love that; but you should be the producer and you should make all the goddamn money.'”
Lewinsky, apparently, was uninterested in pursuing the project further, and so Murphy and his fellow EPs Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are looking to move on. Intriguingly, this news also comes on the heels of the announcement that History is dropping its own Clinton impeachment drama, “Breach.” But Murphy’s comments are a little odd considering that many of the subjects of the other seasons of American Crime Story are also alive and well (not to mention Feud, which saw the legendary Olivia de Havilland suing FX over her portrayal in the series).
Maybe part of it has to do with Murphy recently signing an insanely large deal with Netflix, as he may want to turn his attention to developing new shows with his new streaming partner. For now, it’s being reported that the American Crime Story team is looking for a new, relevant story for a fourth season, though in the meantime we have Katrina … let’s hope for the best with that!
And if you haven’t been watching American Crime Story‘s second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Adam Chitwood explains why it’s not the show you think it is (it’s better).