American Crime Story has been unofficially renewed for Season 2 at FX.
While the cabler has yet to announce a formal renewal, the project is all but guaranteed to move forward into a second season, which will center around Hurricane Katrina, THR confirms:
Now, The Hollywood Reporter can reveal that the second installment will center on Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath. Though Balian’s team was still in negotiations for source material at press time, the producers are hoping to start production in the fall and have begun talking to writers. (Alexander and Karaszewski will not be involved; the pair is adapting Toobin’s next book, about kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, as a film.) Murphy says the working plan is to follow a group of six to eight people in an attempt to examine all sides of the tragedy, from the Superdome in New Orleans to the hospital to those who were put on buses and dropped off with babies who had to wear trash bags for multiple days. “I want this show to be a socially conscious, socially aware examination of different types of crime around the world,” he says on a rare quiet afternoon in his L.A. office in mid-December. “And in my opinion, Katrina was a f—ing crime — a crime against a lot of people who didn’t have a strong voice, and we’re going to treat it as a crime. That’s what this show is all about.”
Already looking ahead to Season 2, FX chief John Landgraf has declared American Crime Story the best project his network has done:
“It has that perfect Venn diagram between good popular entertainment and really smart, relevant social commentary.”
Stay tuned for the formal American Crime Story Season 2 renewal announcement in the days and weeks ahead…