'Feud' Charles and Diana Season No Longer Active at FX

FX CEO John Landgraf tells THR that the network didn't feel like they had the material right" for the second season of the Ryan Murphy-produced anthology.
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FX's efforts to tell the story of Prince Charles and Princess Diana is no longer happening.

"As far as I know, it's not active right now," FX CEO John Landgraf told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about the status of the second season of the anthology from Ryan Murphy.

Season two was picked up in February 2017, with the cable network announcing it would air in season two and explore topics including power, glamour, celebrity and media scrutiny.

FX had already cast the series — Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Good Wife) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) were rumored to be taking on the roles of Charles and Diana — but Landgraf said it ultimately was the material that caused his network to pump the brakes on the sequel to Feud: Bette and Joan.

"We did [have it cast] but we decided we didn't feel we had the material right and decided not to move forward with it," Landgraf told THR.

Murphy was poised to return as showrunner on season two and was set to co-write the season with Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers & Sisters, The Slap). Charles and Diana would have reteamed Murphy and Baitz, who collaborated on the since-stalled American Crime Story: Katrina, which was slated to be the second and now third season of fellow FX anthology American Crime Story. Feud: Bette and Joan stars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon were poised to return as executive producers. 

"Having a show called Feud is interesting because ... feuds are about pain," Murphy said in April 2017. "So, Charles and Diana’s story literally begins with the filing of the divorce papers. And it’s about that pain, the dissolving of a fairy tale, particularly for Diana. It starts with the filing of divorce papers and takes you up until her death." 

Landgraf is still optimistic that there will be a second chapter in the FX anthology after Murphy moved his overall deal to Netflix. The prolific producer behind American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Pose and Feud is in the midst of working on season eight of the former and has two series in the works for Netflix as part of his remaining deal with producers 20th Century Fox TV.  

"I hope so; I think Ryan would still consider it an active show, but he hasn't told me what the next cycle is and when he's going to make it and that's really in his camp," Landgraf said, reiterating that the decision to scrap Feud: Charles and Diana had nothing to do with Netflix awards darling The Crown, which will also introduce both characters in its forthcoming season.