Ryan Murphy’s Upcoming Projects, in a Nutshell
If we were to make a list of the most diverse portfolio for a showrunner on American television, stalwart Ryan Murphy would probably top the list. From the medical drama Nip/Tuck to high school musical Glee to crime anthology American Crime Story, and most recently Netflix’s miniseries on the golden era of ‘Hollywood’ thus named, there is nothing that Murphy hasn’t done, and done with aplomb. After signing a very lucrative deal with Netflix a while ago, the producer has just announced a horror show and a popular reboot. Here’s what we have in store from the house of Murphy.
American Crime Story: Impeachment (2020) - Season in Anthology
The third season of the award-winning American Crime Story anthology (which dramatises true crime stories which shook the world) follows after the OJ Simpson trials, and the Gianni Versace Murder case. This season looks at the notorious Clinton-Lewinsky adultery and impeachment scandal based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President. Starring Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein, Margo Martindale, Annaleigh Ashford, Clive Owen, Anthony Green and Billy Eichner, the show was due to release on streaming and television on September 27, but shooting is indefinitely postponed.
American Horror Story Season 10 - Season in Anthology
Earlier meant to entail a ‘weather-based’ theme, the next season in Murphy’s eerie horror show is indefinitely postponed. The cast was finalised earlier and announced via a teaser with names like Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Macaulay Culkin, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Evan Peters, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, and Finn Wittrock making the cut. However, since shooting is postponed, Murphy has revealed that the theme of the season may change.
American Horror Story spin-off series (TBA)
Just this week, Murphy shared on his Instagram feed that he is working on ‘American Horror Stories,’ an individual episodic anthology series which is a spin-off of the FX series. More details on this project are awaited.
Untitled Andy Warhol Documentary (TBA)
A 10-part documentary series on the life of prolific but notorious artist Andy Warhol is slated for next year. Not much else is known about the project.
The Boys in the Band (2020) - Netflix Film
Based on the hit Broadway revival in 2018 which starred Joe Mantello, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells, The Boys in the Band is about Harold, who invites a group of his gay friends to celebrate his birthday at his apartment in Manhattan. These illustrious names from film and TV will be reprising their roles for the filmic adaptation exclusively for Netflix.
A Chorus Line (2021) - Netflix Series
Another musical series on the list is Hamlisch and Kleban’s iconic A Chorus Line, about seventeen Broadway background dancers competing for spots in a chorus line. Murphy is adapting the show into a 10-episode miniseries, the cast of which is yet undecided. He has also revealed that he ‘may be interested in directing’ some of the episodes.
Halston (late 2020) - Netflix Series
This five-episode miniseries stars Ewan McGregor as ‘Halston,’ the famous fashion designer who took the world by storm in the 1970s and 80s. Halston was already in the middle of production when things were shut down due to the pandemic. All the episodes are directed by Dan Minahan, and the show, in Murphy’s own words, is ‘very graphic.’
Marlene Dietrich Untitled Series (2021) - Netflix Series
Much like Halston, the upcoming Marlene Dietrich based series also chronicles the life of the famous actress who scorched the screen in the 1930s and 40s due to her immense sex appeal in noir films. Jessica Lange is set to play the role of Marlene so one could assume that it would lead up to a later part of her life. All we know is that it is set in Las Vegas.
The Prom (2020) - Netflix Film
Based on yet another Broadway musical which ran in 2018, The Prom chronicles a group of Broadway actor who reminisce about their careers in the limelight as they travel to Edgewater, Indiana to help a lesbian student who has been banned from bringing their girlfriend to the high school prom. This Netflix movie has a star-studded cast with Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells, Kerry Washington and Keegan-Michael Key. Jo Ellen Pellman and Ariana DeBose star as the students. Initially, the film was to receive a theatrical release in September, but shooting has been stalled due to the pandemic and now the film will have a digital release.
Ratched (2020) - Netflix Series
Sarah Paulson, a regular in Ryan’s shows, will be seen starring as the jaded and bitter Mildred Ratched, a nurse at a mental institution (the character was made popular in the book and movie ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). In this adaptation with two seasons of 9 episodes each, Paulson is joined by Roseanna Arquette, Cynthia Nixon, Don Cheadle and Sharon Stone. Co-produced by Michael Douglas, the show doesn’t have an air-date yet.