‘Feud’: Why the Season Focusing on Princess Diana and Prince Charles Is No Longer Happening
The first season of Feud told the true story of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis’ feud while working together on Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Season 2 was announced to be about Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ messy divorce. However, that is no longer happening and this is the reason why.
Feud Season 2 was reportedly going to cover Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ divorce
The season was announced to be about the former royal couple and the end of the marriage. There was even a timeline given to start shooting.
“The next one is about Charles and Diana,” Ryan Murphy said according to Deadline. “We are shooting I think in the late fall and I’m casting Charles and Diana.”
Murphy also dove into why they decided to start the decision with filing divorce papers. “I think having a show called Feud is interesting,” he said “because I love when Cathy (Zeta-Jones, as Olivia de Havilland) says feuds are about pain. So Charles and Diana’s story literally begins with filing the divorce papers. It’s about that pain of the dissolving of a fairy tale, particularly for Diana. It starts with the filing of divorce papers and takes you up until her death.”
Now the season is no longer happening and there are several reasons why. But there was one theory that was denied.
FX chief John Landgraf denied The Crown being a reason why it was scrapped
The Crown has done a deep dive into the royal family before Princess Diana comes along. However, it will cover those years in the future. Some wondered if the season was scrapped because of the competition.
“It’s not moving forward at the moment,” FX chief John Landgraf told Entertainment Weekly when talking about the season. He then said, “It’s not because of The Crown.“
He explained how the FX show would have been different from the Netflix one. “I think there was a very different approach. I happen to really like The Crown. But it’s told from the point of view of the royal family. This is told from the point of view of somebody coming into that family a la Meghan Markle. Ultimately, we couldn’t get the material to the place we wanted.”
Ryan Murphy said he couldn’t find his personal way into it
Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ divorce has been portrayed many ways. Ryan Murphy revealed that he struggled on how to approach the story and timing came into play with scrapping it entirely.
“I thought I was going to for a while, I just decided that I couldn’t find my personal way into it, and then I got a deal with Netflix, so I’m no longer at Fox,” Murphy told Us Weekly.
Feud Season 2 is currently on hold
The show isn’t canceled, but it’s unknown when it’ll be coming back. Landgraf made note of that in his update on the show.
“I’d say if you asked Ryan, he would still say it’s an active series and he’s still intending to do further cycles,” said the FX chief. “But he hasn’t told me ‘this is the cycle I’m doing and this is when I’m doing it.'”
Murphy did clarify to Us Weekly that “It’s on hold right now!” It’s unknown when Feud will resume again and what the next season will be about instead.
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