In a new cover story with Time, Ryan Murphy revealed … well, everything. He spilled so many secrets that the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in The Politician has “an affair with a horse trainer played by Martina Navratilova” was the least surprising of them.
As wonderful as that tidbit is, the most interesting parts of the story are the details on Murphy’s upcoming projects We know about the Monica Lewinsky season of American Crime Story and Ratched, “a moody origin story about One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s Nurse Ratched, starring Sarah Paulson. The show is said to be a disturbing midcentury tone poem set on the California coast, with a scene-stealing supporting performance by Sharon Stone.
Then, of course, there’s the Netflix movie adaptation of Broadway’s The Prom, starring Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep, whose phone number Murphy doesn’t even have. “There’s everybody, and then there’s Meryl.”
But Murphy unveiled several new projects. He’s adapting legendary Broadway musical A Chorus Line into a 10-part miniseries. There’s also Hollywood, which looks at the film and sex industries “and how absolutely everything has changed and nothing has changed” and stars Patti LuPone and Holland Taylor. He’ll also produce a “big, flashy, 10-part” documentary about Andy Warhol (“who’s the real person who made all this stuff that changed all of our lives?”) and one called A Secret Love about geriatric lesbians.
And as a kicker, Murphy and Jessica Lange are “working on a piece about Marlene Dietrich in Vegas in the early ’60s.” And all that, he says, is “only into April of next year’s calendar.” No wonder Time christened him the “new king of television.”