The follow-up season to “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” will deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but other than the theme, no further details have been revealed for season 2 on FX’s anthology series.
“I’m sadly not going to make any big news in terms of who will be returning,” executive producer Brad Simpson said on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
However, Simpson did shed some light on the upcoming season, telling the room of reporters that a writer’s room is in session, and the episodes are just starting to roll in.
“We’re just about to get scripts in, so I don’t know who the main characters are going to be,” Simpson said of the cast, which will likely feature many players from the Ryan Murphy camp, as the mega-producer is known to bring back his actors in entirely new roles in all of his anthology series. (Emmy-nominated star Sarah Paulson is largely rumored to return, though no casting has been confirmed for season 2.)
Dishing some vague details on the season 2 storyline, Simpson revealed a bit about the characters to expect, saying, “You will have the famous people and also the people who weren’t famous.”
Comparing the Katrina season to the O.J. Simpson season, Simpson explained, “It will be tonally and thematically very different. Every year, the show will change based on the crime we’re exploring.”
However, one similarity to “People v. O.J.” will be making a social statement on the country.
“It’ll be about the intensity of what it was like to be on the ground in that pressure cooker,” Simpson said. “And the bigger crime, it was predictable. Like ‘O.J.,’ it turns a lens back on America and shows some uncomfortable truths about it.”
Asked by a reporter if there’s any chance for more “American Crime Story” episodes on O.J. Simpson, Simpson put the kibosh on any spinoff rumors.