Last year, fans looked on as Ryan Murphy and his team behind American Crime Story took on the OJ Simpson trial — and now sources close to production say he’s eyeing another highly publicized ‘90s event — the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal — for the fourth season of the anthology (though the second and third seasons have yet to air).
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Ryan has optioned the 2000 bestseller A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President as inspiration and source material for the upcoming second season. Jeffrey Toobin, the author of the bestseller, has since confirmed that the network tapped him again and said he was “thrilled” to be collaborating with FX again, as his book was also used as source material for the OJ season.
And it looks like things are moving along with production as the sources say Ryan Murphy is already looking to cast not only the infamous White House intern, but also her colleague Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded her conversations about her relationship with President Bill Clinton.
The Lewinsky scandal came about after the young woman claimed to have sexual relations with the President on multiple occasions between 1995 – 1997, which ultimately led to impeachment hearings. Clinton was eventually acquitted on all charges.
The news comes following significant success of The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story:. The series was nominated for 22 Primetime Emmys — winning 13, which was more than any other show. It also went on to win two categories at the Golden Globes, Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actress — Miniseries or Television Film for Sarah Paulson, who portrayed prosecutor Marcia Clark.
Sarah Paulson at the Golden Globes.
In 2014, Ryan opened up about what made American Crime Story different than most true-crime procedurals.
“We didn’t want to do a ‘killing of the week’ thing,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “We’re interested in exploring crime cases that changes the landscape of America. The OJ Simpson case really did that.”
Season 2 — airing next year — will tell the story of Hurricane Katrina, while Season 3 will focus on the murder of designer Gianni Versace.