What’s the Real Reason FX Decided to Not Base ‘Feud’ Season 2 on Charles and Diana?

Royal watchers were about to be in for a big treat when it was announced the hit FX show Feud would return for a second season and focus on the century’s most-watched couple — Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Why wouldn’t royal family followers be excited? Season 1 of the critically acclaimed show gave us a raucous view of the storied feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind a look into Charles and Diana’s dysfunctional marriage would be a hit as well.

But then, almost in the blink of an eye, everything changed. In early August 2018, it was announced the original plans to feature Charles and Diana in Season 2 of Feud were scrapped.

Although time has passed, we still can’t help but wonder. What’s the real reason we aren’t getting our dose of royal family fever in Season 2 of Feud?

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Prince Charles and Princess Diana | EPA/AFP/Getty Images

Wait — didn’t they already do casting for Charles and Diana?!

They did! There were reports Matthew Goode (who recently portrayed Antony Armstrong-Jones in The Crown) and Rosamund Pike ( of Gone Girl fame) had been tapped to play the highly-coveted roles. So clearly the plan to base the second season of Feud on one of the most infamous couples of the last century was more than just an idea,the wheels were already turning. (And to be frank, we think those two actors would have killed it as the Prince and Princess of Wales.)

Nevertheless, any hopes the two will play the tragic couple on screen seem all but dashed.

Speaking of Goode …

Does this have anything to do with ‘The Crown’?

Fair question.

When it was abruptly announced the Charles and Diana story wouldn’t come to fruition, there were questions as to whether they show didn’t want to be in competition with the Netflix series The Crown. Not just because the popular series does a deep dive into the lives of royal family members. But because the upcoming seasons have promised to cover the now-infamous Charles and Diana saga.

But again, the directors insisted this wasn’t the reason we won’t see this explosive royal marriage hit the small screen.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Prince Charles and Princess Diana | Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Does this mean the idea really is dead?

In all honesty, the best answer we have comes from FX CEO John Landgraf himself.

“We did (have it cast),” he confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter, “but we decided we didn’t feel we had the material right and decided not to move forward with it.”

Perhaps that’s as good of an explanation as we’re going to get — at least for now. We’ll just have to wait for another “Charles and Diana” saga to come along.

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