AceShowbiz - The fate of "Katrina: American Crime Story" seemingly is looking more iffy than we thought. After being pushed back to late 2018 premiere, the third installment of the anthology series may not be happening after all. "That just kind of got stalled," director Anthony Hemingway told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday, July 29 at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
"We're all standing by waiting to find out what's happening," Hemingway continued. "Nothing has really been done. We haven't started prep on it at all." When asked if there was chance "Katrina" just wouldn't happen, the director offered a not-so-convincing answer as he said, "Who knows. It's all up to Ryan Murphy."
"Katrina" was originally set as the second installment of Murphy's anthology series before "The Assassination of Gianni Vercase: American Crime Story." However, back in June it was pushed back from an early 2018 to late 2018 premiere as "Katrina" needed "additional time to create special water effects needed to re-create Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath." Meanwhile, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" will now air as the second season in early 2018.
Starring Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annette Bening, Dennis Quaid and Matthew Broderick, "Katrina" follows the tragedy during and after the hurricane which decimated New Orleans. Quaid will take on the role of President George W. Bush, with Broderick playing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael D. Brown.
"I want this show to be a socially conscious, socially aware examination of different types of crime around the world," said series creator Murphy of the FX series at that time. "And in my opinion, 'Katrina' was a f**king 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."