In a move that some people saw coming, it's been announced that the next season of American Crime Story is NOT going to be Katrina, but will instead be The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Katrina was originally scheduled to film this spring and debut later this year, with Versace filming nearly concurrently and airing roughly six months later.
On the flip side, "Versace" has been on a fast-track ever since the first script impressed everyone.
But this news of Katrina's delay effectively makes the third season the second, and vice versa.
According to TV Line, "Versace" was also scheduled to shoot first before "Katrina", but the latter would have still been the one to air first on the network.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story tells the true story of the murder of Gianni Versace in 1997. The cast also includes Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace as well as Ricky Martin.
The Hollywood Reporter also suggests that the schedules of Katrina's stars, Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance, Matthew Broderick, and Dennis Quaid could also be partially responsible for the delay.
The fourth season of American Crime Story is already planned by Murphy and those behind the first three seasons. The Hollywood Reporter states that very in-depth and unique special effects are needed for the water and winds to help mimic the severity and dangers of Hurricane Katrina. Another future season, which will explore the Monica Lewinsky scandal, is undated.
"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards and won nine, including a supporting actor win for St. Louisan Sterling K. Brown as prosecutor Christopher Darden.