There’s a lot to take in with he official announcement of a third installment in the American Crime Story franchise. First, it’s focusing on the Clinton presidency scandal and subsequent impeachment. Second, Monica Lewinsky is on board as a producer. And third, Sarah Paulson is confirmed to return and will play Linda Tripp.
Season one of the American Crime Story franchise debuted in February 2016 and explored the behind the scene manueverings of the OJ Simpson murder trial. Season two followed in January 2018 and focused on the murder spree of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
The third installment in the limited series, Impeachment: American Crime Story, will premiere on September 27, 2020 at 10pm ET/PT. Filming is expected to get underway in February 2020.
Impeachment: American Crime Story will also star Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) as Monica Lewinsky and Annaleigh Ashford (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) as Paula Jones.
Sarah Burgess is writing Impeachment: ACS, based on Jeffrey Toobin’s bestselling book, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President. Burgess will also executive produce with Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sarah Paulson. Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan are on board as producers.
“FX’s American Crime Story franchise has become a cultural touchstone, providing greater context for stories that deserve greater understanding like the O.J. Simpson trial and saga, and Andrew Cunanan’s tragic crime spree which concluded with the assassination of Gianni Versace,” said John Landgraf, Chairman, FX Networks and FX Productions. “This franchise re-examines some of the most complicated, polarizing stories in recent history in a way that is relevant, nuanced and entertaining.
Impeachment: American Crime Story will likewise explore the overlooked dimensions of the women who found themselves caught up in the scandal and political war that cast a long shadow over the Clinton Presidency. We are grateful to Sarah Burgess for her brilliant adaptation, as well as Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sarah Paulson and the rest of the creative team and cast.”
According to FX, Impeachment: American Crime Story “unravels the national scandal that swept up Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp as principal characters in the country’s first impeachment proceedings in over a century.”
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