The second installment of American Crime Story will focus on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
In an announcement made by FX CEO John Landgraf this past Thursday, Ryan Murphy‘s award winning and critically acclaimed series will return with a second season that is centered around Hurricane Katrina.
“We had high ambitions for this franchise…it’s about character and larger themes, and it’s just taking us time to get material we’re happy with,” Landgraf explained to reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “Do you want it now, or do you want it good…We’ll take it later, and we’ll take it good.”
Murphy had previously revealed that season two of American Crime Story would be about Hurricane Katrina in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, stating that the forthcoming installment would follow six to eight people in an attempt to examine as many sides as possible from the tragedy.
“I want this show to be a socially conscious, socially aware examination of different types of crime around the world,” he said. “And in my opinion, Katrina was a fu**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.”
However, fans of the show will have to wait an entire year until the second season drops in 2018. The Hurricane Katrina-focused series has taken longer to produce, because New Orleans is off limits for filming throughout different parts of the year to accommodate the hurricane season.
The first season of American Crime Story was a success. Tackling the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, the 10 episode show ended up receiving a number of awards, including Outstanding Limited Series and Program of the Year. Some of its actors also received awards, including Sterling K. Brown for his portrayal of Christopher Darden (Brown will also be a part of 2018’s Black Panther film).