The originally planned second season of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series, “American Crime Story: Katrina,” is now being overhauled and reimagined. As a result, the cast list is being shaken up.
Murphy has acquired Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s book “Five Days at Memorial” from producer Scott Rudin with both coming onboard as executive producers alongside Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.
The book explores the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center as well as the decision by staff, including Dr. Anna Pou, to euthanize critically ill patients after being trapped in the hospital for days without power.
Pou, to be played by Paulson, and two nurses were put on trial for homicide. A search is underway to find a writer and showrunner to pen the script for the series.
The season was previously going to be based on Douglas Brinkley’s book “The Great Deluge,” but with the new source material comes a cast overhaul with Sarah Paulson now taking on the leading role.
No other castmembers are currently attached to the retooled show which previously had the likes of Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Dennis Quaid, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance attached. Filming is slated to begin early 2019.
‘Katrina’ was set to be the second season but was pushed back behind “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” due to the more complicated nature of the production.