Jun 07 2018

American Crime Story Heads to New Orleans

By: Cody Downey

The popular anthology series American Crime Story will be making its way down South for its third season. The series is a spinoff of American Horror Story and focuses on crime stories throughout American history. The first season, which aired in 2016, focused on the O.J. Simpson trial in 1994 and the second season, which aired this past Spring, focused on the assassination of fashion icon Gianni Versace in 1997. Both seasons were extremely critically acclaimed and won numerous accolades including multiple Emmys and Golden Globes.

For the third season, American Crime Story will be focusing on Dr. Anna Pou and the events that happened at Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina. After Katrina, it was found out that some patients found at the wreckage of the hospital had died before the hurricane leading to Pou and two other doctors being put on trial for second-degree murder. The season will take inspiration from Sheri Fink’s book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.

Originally, Katrina was going to be the focus of season two drawing inspiration from Douglas Brinkley’s book The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At that time, Annette Bening was cast as Governor Kathleen Blanco, Matthew Broderick was cast as FEMA administrator Michael D. Brown, and Dennis Quaid as then-U.S. President George W. Bush. However, after a change in the source material, the season was moved back with the announced cast leaving the project.

At the moment, the only confirmed casting choice is American Crime Story veteran Sarah Paulson as Dr. Anna Pou. There is no official confirmation of when the season will begin filming or if it will even be shot in New Orleans. More updates should be coming in next few months. 

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