Ryan Murphy’s upcoming series, Feud: Bette and Joan, may be about the drama between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, but there’s one feud you won’t be seeing in a hypothetical second season.
“I would never do another Hollywood woman versus woman story, although people really want the Taylor Swift-Katy Perry feud,” Murphy told a small group of reporters at FX’s Television Critics Association press day on Thursday. “I get a lot of requests to please do Taylor and Katy, but I’m not going to.”
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The first installment in the anthology series will focus on the infamous behind-the-scenes battle between Davis and Crawford, played by Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, respectively, during Hollywood’s Golden Age, eventually working through their mutual hatred to create the critically acclaimed 1962 smash hit, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.
Though Feud has yet to be officially picked up for a new season, the renewal seems to be almost guaranteed. Murphy noted that future installments would not necessarily focus on female feuds, saying, “It’ll be very mixed.”
“If we’re going to do feuds, we can’t just do Hollywood stories,” Murphy said. “I think we can do something from the 16th century. I think the scope of the show can go back in time and in history and it doesn’t have to be modern.”
Murphy revealed that he’s already reached out to actors he’s worked with on previous projects for input on ideas for future seasons.
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“I’ve called Mark Ruffalo, for example, and said, ‘Are there any famous feuds that you want to do, that you’re interested in?’ So I’ve reached out to some of my favorite people,” he said (Ruffalo starred in Murphy’s The Normal Heart). “Susan and Jessica will always be producers on this show moving forward, so I’ve talked to them: ‘What are you interested in seeing even if you don’t want to act in it, producing with me?'”
Feud premieres Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
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