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Report: ‘American Crime Story: Katrina’ on track with new focus, drops intriguing Kathleen Blanco casting

FX’s “American Crime Story: Katrina” is back on track, according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

But there’ll be a new, more narrow focus, and the series will no longer feature acclaimed actress Annette Bening as former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

That intriguing casting announcement in February highlighted a star-studded group signed for the series, including Dennis Quaid as President George W. Bush.

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“Katrina” will now be based on the book “Five Days at Memorial,” which explores the hurricane aftermath at the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center and the decision by staff — including Dr. Anna Pou — to euthanize critically ill patients after being trapped in the hospital for days without power.

The Hollywood Reporter said producers were trying to find new characters for Bening, Quaid, Matthew Broderick and others.

Read the entire Hollywood Reporter story here.

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FX’s ‘Katrina: American Crime Story’ shifts focus to Memorial Medical Center: report

If FX’s planned “Katrina: American Crime Story” wanted heart-wrenching drama, it’s found it. A day after FX chief John Landgraf offered assurances that the project is indeed moving forward despite production delays, Deadline reported Thursday (Aug. 10) that the series has shifted narrative gears and will now focus on the happenings at Memorial Medical Center, ground zero for post-storm misery in New Orleans.

The move — which Landgraf hinted at earlier this week with a reference to an unspecified “creative pivot” that he said was behind the delays — is reportedly accompanied by a shifting of source material for the series. Previously, it was to draw mostly from Doug Brinkley’s “The Great Deluge.” Now, however, it will tap Sheri Fink’s “Five Days at Memorial,” a 2013 nonfiction book based on a Pulitzer-winning magazine article published in The New York Times Magazine, according to the Deadline report.

FX has not

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FX’s ‘Katrina: American Crime Story’ shifts focus to Memorial Medical …

If FX’s planned “Katrina: American Crime Story” wanted heart-wrenching drama, it’s found it. A day after FX chief John Landgraf offered assurances that the project is indeed moving forward despite production delays, Deadline reported Thursday (Aug. 10) that the series has shifted narrative gears and will now focus on the happenings at Memorial Medical Center, ground zero for post-storm misery in New Orleans.

The move — which Landgraf hinted at earlier this week with a reference to an unspecified “creative pivot” that he said was behind the delays — is reportedly accompanied by a shifting of source material for the series. Previously, it was to draw mostly from Doug Brinkley’s “The Great Deluge.” Now, however, it will tap Sheri Fink’s “Five Days at Memorial,” a 2013 nonfiction book based on a Pulitzer-winning magazine article published in The New York Times Magazine, according to the Deadline report.

FX has not

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‘American Crime Story: Katrina’ Sets New Source Material, Sarah Paulson Still Attached to Star

American Crime Story: Katrina” is moving forward with new source material and a major cast overhaul, Variety has confirmed.

The planned third season of the Ryan Murphy FX anthology series will now be based on the book “Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink. Scott Rudin, who previously acquired the rights to the book, will now join “Katrina” as an executive producer alongside Murphy, Brad Simpson, and Nina Jacobson. Fink is also expected to be involved in the project. The season was originally to be based on the book “The Great Deluge” by Douglas Brinkley.

“Five Days at Memorial” chronicles the real-life aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, focusing on the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. The center was left without power for days after the epic storm, which led to hospital staff euthanizing almost two dozen terminally ill patients. Dr. Anna Pou and two ICU nurses were ultimately charged

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‘American Crime Story: Katrina’ Gets New Source Material Book, Cast Overhaul

FX’s American Crime Story: Katrina is getting a major overhaul.

Days after director Anthony Hemingway said the third season of the anthology was “stalled,” showrunner Ryan Murphy has found new source material to base the series on. 

Katrina will now be based on Five Days at Memorial, by Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink after Murphy acquired rights to the book, THR has confirmed. Scott Rudin, who previously bought the rights to the book after its debut in 2013, is now attached to exec produce alongside Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Fink is also said to be involved.

That marks a change from the original vision for Katrina, which was to be based on Douglas Brinkley’s book The Great Deluge. Katrina was poised to be the follow-up to Emmy darling The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story but was pushed back in favor of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

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‘Katrina: American Crime Story’ hasn’t stalled, FX chief says

Amid chatter suggesting the planned upcoming Katrina-themed season of “American Crime Story” has stalled out, FX chief John Landgraf has a simple message: Pay no attention to it.

“It’s not (stalled),” Landgraf said Wednesday (Aug. 9) at the annual Television Critics Association summer meeting in Beverly Hills, according to EW.com. “It’s in a really good shape.”

Landgraf’s assurances come almost exactly two months after it was revealed that the cable network had for the second time delayed production on the anthology series’ look at the devastating 2005 hurricane, reportedly amid writing issues. It also comes a week and a half after director Anthony Hemingway, who was attached to “ACS: Katrina,” told The Hollywood Reporter the future of the project was up in the air.

But despite the delays — apparently the result of a “big creative pivot” by show creator Ryan Murphy — Landgraf expressed confidence that the series will

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FX is still "confident" that People v. OJ Simpson’s Hurricane Katrina spin-off will eventually air

Despite what you’ve been hearing, there are still plans for American Crime Story: Katrina to air on FX at some point in the future.

The dramatisation of Hurricane Katrina was the first spin-off of the Emmy-winning People v. O.J. Simpson announced and even attached Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening and Dennis Quaid to star, but was later pushed back behind a season based around the murder of designer Gianni Versace.

The latest word in July from director Anthony Hemingway was that the project had “stalled” indefinitely, but FX president John Landgraf had a more hopeful outlook at the TCA press tour on Wednesday.

(The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story)

“I’m confident that it will air and I’m really, really excited,” Landgraf told Read more at: http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/american-crime-story/news/a835235/america-crime-story-people-v-oj-simpson-hurricane-katrina-spin-off-update-fx/

Katrina: American Crime Story Is Undergoing a ‘Creative Pivot’

Katrina: American Crime Story is evidently undergoing a “creative pivot.” The news comes two months after the announcement that Katrina has been pushed back to allow upcoming installment The Assassination of Gianni Versace to premiere first. Though the season has been in the works for some time, it’s been trailed by a number of delays, including both script and production hold-ups. Eventually, the Crime Story team decided Versace was in better shape and shifted the schedule.

Katrina, a 10-episode project, is set to focus on the deadly storm that devastated New Orleans in August 2005.  Annette BeningDennis Quaid, and Matthew Broderick were among those previously attached to star. It’s unclear if they’ll able to continue with the new timetable, though at last check, talks to do so were ongoing. Then in July, reports emerged that the Katrina season had stalled and was in jeopardy of never making it to air.

Related: First Look at Assassination of Gianni Versace Cast

During the 2017 Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, however, FX CEO John Landgraf assured

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FX boss confident American Crime Story: Katrina will air

Despite news that Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: Katrina project had stalled, FX boss John Landgraf is confident the project will air, noting that Katrina is in really good shape.

The thematically different follow-up to The People v. O.J. Simpson was initially expected to air in 2018 ahead of The Assassination of Gianni Versace, but the latter is now slated to debut in early 2018 ahead of Katrina. Earlier at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, Underground director Anthony Hemingway, who was attached to Katrina, told The Hollywood Reporter that the project had stalled. But Landgraf says Murphy will have some news on Katrina‘s future soon.

“I’m confident that it will air and I’m really, really excited,” Landgraf said at TCA on Wednesday. “It was a big creative pivot we made. It was a difficult decision because we were

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‘American Crime Story: Katrina’ Update on FX — Creative Pivot …

FX CEO John Landgraf offered updates on a number of in-limbo series Wednesday at the cabler’s portion of the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, beginning with the long-gestating sixth season of Louie.

“I really don’t have any update on Season 6,” the exec admitted to reporters. “I think it’s possible there’ll never be another season of Louie. And I think it’s also possible there’ll be four or five more seasons of Louie over the next 30 years.”

Landgraf acknowledged that Louis CK has “changed a lot since he made the last season of Louie,” adding, “I think he had run out of things to say about that time in his life. … He’d become so much more successful than the Louie he portrayed on the show, that I think to him, it was starting to feel a little false. So he had to make a decision: Do I want to

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