The series will focus on famous feuds, as the title suggests, with the first season focusing on Joan Crawford and Bette Davis’ animosity on the set of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” Lange will star as Crawford and Sarandon will play Davis.
Despite the on-set difficulty between the two legendary actresses, the film went on to secure five Oscar nominations in 1962.
“Ryan keeps re-inventing TV,” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said. “‘Nip/Tuck’ brilliantly extended the boundaries of ad supported television. ‘Glee’ re-imagined the television musical. ‘American Horror Story’ pioneered the modern anthological series, which has rapidly transformed the television landscape and been widely copied. ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ was recognized by many as the best and most talked about new show this year.”
“And all of those shows have been award-winning ratings hits,” he continued. “‘Feud’ adds a third and equally ambitious franchise to Ryan’s unprecedented slate of FX anthological limited series and marks our third such collaboration with studio partner 20th Century Fox Television/Fox 21. The series will offer a seductive, insightful look at what lies behind legendary personality conflicts.”
Brad Pitt will executive produce the series under his Plan B Entertainment banner along with producing partner Dede Gardner. Murphy will also serve as an executive producer on the series, with Sarandon and Lange also getting producer credits. Fox 21 Television Studios will produce.
Stanley Tucci will play legendary studio boss Jack Warner on the series, while Alfred Molina will play film director Robert Aldrich. In addition, Dominic Burgess will appear as co-star Victor Buono and Judy Davis will play famed gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
“Feud” will mark Murphy’s third FX anthology series, joining the ranks of “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story.” Murphy also created and produces the Fox series “Scream Queens.”
Murphy is represented by CAA.