Monica Lewinsky is producing a series for FX about the Clinton sex scandal.
The award-winning show 'American Crime Story' from creative giant Ryan Murphy is coming to FX with the third season of the limited series franchise. The series, which dealt with the O.J. Simpson arrest and the trial of the century in the first season gave way to the assassination of Gianni Versace in the second season, will not deal with the sex scandal which rocked the White House during the Clinton administration.
The Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton sex scandal resulted in the US senate invoking the 25th amendment to remove the president from the office, only the second time in American history the 25th amendment was used. The scandal was followed by a massive cover-up where the president lied to the country about knowing Monica and then the recorded phone calls of Monica detailing the sex were released to the public by Linda Tripp.
Sarah Paulson, the longtime collaborator of Ryan Murphy, is coming back to the American Crime saga after her award-winning performance as 'Marcia Clark' in the first season of American Crime Story.
Sarah will portray Linda Tripp and not Hilary Clinton which was first rumored back in 2017. Booksmart actress Beanie Feldstein will portray Monica Lewinsky, and Annaleigh Ashford will fictionalize 'Paula Jones'. The amazing thing about the series is, Monica Lewinsky herself is producing it.
The idea for the series was first floated in January of 2017; the series was supposed to come out after the Hurricane Katrina based story which was in development for a long time. In early 2019, the story was scrapped, and the creators and writers were looking for something else to become the third season of the hit series.
Then, on 6 August 2019, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal was revived by the production as the third season of the hit series with the title ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story.’
The new series is based on the book’ A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President’ written by Jeffrey Toobin whose book was also adapted into the O.J Simpson first season of ACS.
Sarah Burgess is adapting the story with Ryan Murphy coming back to executive produce along with Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson and Sarah Paulson. The casting is not complete with only three characters cast as of yet and no revelation regarding who will portray the Clinton couple.
Production for the series begins on February 2020 with the release date set on 27th September 2020, a month and a couple of days out of from the 2020 presidential election.
Regarding the show, John Landgraf, FX Networks and Productions chairman said;
FX’s American Crime Story franchise has become a cultural touchstone, providing greater context for stories that deserve greater understanding like the O.J. Simpson trial and saga, and Andrew Cunanan’s tragic crime spree which concluded with the assassination of Gianni Versace. This franchise re-examines some of the most complicated, polarizing stories in recent history in a way that is relevant, nuanced, and entertaining.
Impeachment: American Crime Story will likewise explore the overlooked dimensions of the women who found themselves caught up in the scandal and political war that cast a long shadow over the Clinton presidency.
The decision to release the series so close to the presidential election and by the time the series nears the end it will be time to cast votes, so the timing of the show was criticized by the Democrats who think the show will give Trump the ammunition to make the final stretch of the 2020 election about the Clinton sex scandal.
The FX president can talk all about art and judgment, but this story is exactly what it seems, a way for the channel to profit of free publicity Donald Trump is going to bring during the election campaign.