Feud: Bette and Joan premieres on Sunday (10 p.m. E.T. on FX), arriving right after it was announced that the show's second season will center on Prince Charles and Princess Diana and premiere in 2018. While there's no word about season three, this is the Ryan Murphy-verse we're talking about here, so the odds seem good—and that makes a person wonder...which feud should follow the royals? Here are some ideas...
Hatfields and McCoys
The drama between the two families on the West Virginia-Kentucky border following the Civil War goes down as one of the most bitter, standout feuds in American history. History channel realized the beef for the small screen with its 2012 mini-series, Hatfields & McCoys, starring Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield and Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy, but enough years have gone by so another take wouldn’t feel redundant. Also, who wouldn't love the idea of Murphy taking on a Western? Yeehaw to that.
Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor
It might be a little too soon to do another Old Hollywood tale, and might not be the best timing following Reynolds’ and daughter Carrie's recent passing, but here lies a fascinating tabloid scandal in which Reynolds’ first husband, Eddie Fisher, left her for her close friend Taylor. While Feud: Bette and Joan explores romantic relationships, it’s much more focused on the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and the aftermath of that. A Feud about Reynolds and Taylor, in contrast, could put romance at the center, but in true Murphy fashion, it would go much deeper than two women fighting over a man. Another problem that this particular feud faces is that Murphy said he won't go back to Hollywood, but in the event that he has a change of hear, this one has to be in the running.
Jane Roe and Henry Wade
The historic Supreme Court case between Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey) and Henry Wade asserted in 1973 that women have the legal right to an abortion. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story proved that Murphy can not only churn out a brilliant, captivating courtroom drama, but he can also take something from the past and make it incredibly important to modern day. So, in a time when women’s reproductive rights are potentially in jeopardy, this triumphant story is as relevant as ever, and it'd be interesting to see Murphy take on the court once more, but from the vantage point of a feud.
Quick Bette break, because why not?
Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan
The famed figure skaters might be coming to the silver screen in I, Tonya, with Margot Robbie as Harding and Caitlin Carver as Kerrigan, but more than 20 years later people still can’t get enough of this story and it SCREAMS Murphy. Again, it goes so much deeper than women being pitted against one another, but is instead really about class. More specifically, Harding’s difficult upbringing is a major part of what fueled her fire and, likely and ultimately, her downfall. That said, there’s still a campy and crazy element to tap into here—who wouldn’t want to see Harding let a judge have it for threatening to keep her away from figure skating because of a pink outfit she wore on ice, as discussed in 30 for 30: The Price of Gold?—and Murphy would, without a doubt, tap into all that beautifully.
Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie
Aniston and Jolie are the sort of present-day Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor. This really goes without saying, but Aniston’s ex-husband Brad Pitt left her for Jolie; Pitt and Jolie started dating in 2004 and were married in 2014, but Jolie recently filed for divorce. Through the years, Aniston was constantly linked to the pair in tabloids and otherwise, even and especially when the divorce was announced, which is problematic for a lot of reasons. There’s so much to explore here: love, heartbreak, motherhood, sexism. The problem is that the story is still unfolding, and again this is a Hollywood story, but if Murphy were to dive into something more contemporary and head back to showbiz, this could be great.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
And speaking of more contemporary and something that’s very much still developing, there’s Trump and Clinton. I mean, this narrative really has everything: race, class, gender, sex, victory, loss, and so on and so on and so on. Beyond that, there’s the huge divide that it’s created in the country. This is really unlikely to happen as Murphy has said that the next season of American Crime Story will center on the 2016 presidential election, but this is the biggest battle in recent memory, and for that reason alone it deserves a mention.
Like these ideas? Cast your vote for what you think is best in the poll below. (Let’s make Harding and Kerrigan happen, k? Can you tell which one is my absolute favorite?)
Think they’re totally crazy? Leave a comment with your ideas! And let the official countdown to a season three renewal begin…
Hatfields and McCoysVia HistoryDebbie Reynolds and Elizabeth TaylorVia Hulton Archive / Getty ImagesJane Roe and Henry WadeVia Chris Kleponis / AFP / Getty ImagesTonya Harding and Nancy KerriganVia Getty Images / Tim DeFriscoJennifer Aniston and Angelina JolieVia Vittorio Zunino Celotto; Getty ImagesDonald Trump and Hillary ClintonVia Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty ImagesGet out of here with these! Listen up Ryan, I have another idea...Via Frazer Harrison / Via Getty Images
vote votesHatfields and McCoys
vote votesDebbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor
vote votesJane Roe and Henry Wade
vote votesTonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan
vote votesJennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie
vote votesDonald Trump and Hillary Clinton
vote votesGet out of here with these! Listen up Ryan, I have another idea...