Future Season of American Crime Story Will Tackle the Monica Lewisnky Scandal

Ryan Murphy has optioned the rights to A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President for his FX series.

If 2016 and the whole “fake news” thing has taught us one thing, it’s that people still love a good Clinton scandal. Ryan Murphy, the man who always has his finger on the pulse in the TV world, fresh off the success of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, is going to give the masses what they want with an upcoming season of American Crime Story.

Murphy, with the help of Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions, has optioned Jeffrey Toobin’s 2000 best-seller A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President after Toobin’s other book, Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, provided the show with its award-winning source material during its first run.

Except it sounds like the Lewinsky scandal won’t be played out at least until the fourth season of the show. We already know that season two of American Crime Story will center on the Hurricane Katrina disaster and aftermath and that it will premiere in 2018, while season three is planned to investigate the murder of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace. Production on both of those seasons has already begun, with the plan being to air them six months apart.

A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President tells the story of Monica Lewinsky and colleague Linda Tripp, who recorded conversations about Lewinsky’s supposed inappropriate “sexual relations” with then-President Bill Clinton. The scandal reached its height with impeachment hearings, where Clinton was acquitted by the Senate, while the charges of perjury and abuse of power eventually failed in the House. Rumor has it that Murphy and his team are already looking to cast Lewinsky and Tripp.

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