Murphy, Ryan: King of TV Series–Feud, Monica Lewinsky, Nurse Ratched

Producer Ryan Murphy must be the busiest man in Hollywood, but he plans to make sure that all of his series are in ideal shape.

Director Ryan Murphy attend the premiere of “Eat Pray Love” at the Ziegfeld Theatre on August 10, 2010 in New York City.
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“I’m not going to shoot anything until it’s written, and it’s perfectly cast, and I get great number twos in terms of showrunners and directors,” he told the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

While it’s tempting to rush projects through, Murphy (“Pose,” “9-1-1” and “American Crime Story: Versace”) admitted that he wasn’t happy with the first season“American Crime Story: Katrina,” which is slated as the next installment in that limited series franchise.

“I still had a passion for the story, but it wasn’t the right story,” he said. “I do think there’s such a need and expectation to be constantly feeding the machine.”

“American Crime Story” has to be about “something that’s a bigger social issue,” he said. “I would never do Jon Benet Ramsay. I would never do the Menendez brothers, because I don’t know that they were about any meta social themes.”
Versace: Homophobia in the 1990s

Murphy is passionate about the upcoming “Versace” because “it was about homophobia in the 1990s,” with episodes about coming out to parents and being gay in the military. “Those are incredible social stories. That’s why we’re very slow to do them.”

Feud Season 2: Troubled Marriage of Charles and Diana

The next season of “Feud” will center around the troubled marriage of Charles and Diana. Murphy said: “We keep moving the date because I’m working on so many great things. The project was set to shoot in May, but has now been bumped to the fall.

He’s not concerned about comparisons to “The Crown”: “Our take is a much different take. It’s not about the monarchy, it’s about the marriage.”

Monica Lewinsky

The Monica Lewinsky project is tricky: “We’re interviewing writers. We’re not in any rush to do anything unless it’s done right.” Murphy said he’s trying to set up a dinner with Lewinsky: “I think it’s very important that her point of view is present. I want to make sure that we do it right, and I think particularly now in this era we have an obligation to do a lot of research.” No actress is cast yet for that role. Murphy wants to get input from Lewinsky.

Nurse Ratched Series (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Paulson stars in Nurse Ratched’s origin story as she faces off a different male adversary each season, with the final installment being her opposite the Jack Nicholson[s character in the 1975 Oscar winning film. It’s also a feminist tale, it really looks at the birth of a lot of things that were happening in our healthcare system.” There’s no start date for “Ratched”–Murphy is waiting until the eight scripts are written.