Monica Lewinsky Signs On To Produce Impeachment: American Crime Story

Published on August 7, 2019

The timing could not be better. Few showrunners in Hollywood have the rapport of Ryan Murphy among audiences. The creator of shows like Glee, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, and Pose have won the television screenwriter and director dozens of award nominations and accolades as one of the most sought-after names in Hollywood. American Crime Story, one of Murphy’s most well-loved anthology series’ brings to life the often gruesome details of some of America’s most well-known legal cases. The show started in 2016 with the O.J. Simpson trial and returned in 2018 to tell the story of Gianni Versace’s assassination in 1997. Now the series will tackle one of the biggest legal cases in American history: the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Murphy Teams Up With Monica Lewinsky To Tell Her Side Of The Story

The last couple of years in Murphy’s career have seen the screenwriter focus on using his platform (and good relationship with FX) to tell stories of marginalized people by giving them a voice. Pose, one of Murphy’s more recent projects, has earned a lot of praise for its portrayal of the LGBTQ culture in New York City in the 1980’s, particularly surrounding the evolution and rise of ball culture. Now Murphy aims to tackle another voice that has been largely silenced in the media by offering a producer position to Monica Lewinsky in the production of Impeachment: American Crime Story.

In an exclusive feature from Vanity Fair that details the relationship that Murphy built with Lewinsky to get her onboard for the project, Lewinsky details her life post-sex scandal as having been largely silenced by the media. Lewinsky, who was famously at the forefront of the Clinton impeachment when news of her affair with the former president was exposed in 1998, has been regarded as one of the most slut-shamed people in modern history. Fast forward a couple of decades and a couple of equal rights movements and Lewinsky is being given the chance to tell her own side of the story.

“I was hesitant, and truthfully more than a little scared to sign on. But after a lengthy dinner meeting with Ryan, I came to understand even more clearly how dedicated he is to giving a voice to the marginalized in all of his brilliant work. I’m privileged to work with him and the other talented people on the team, and I’m privileged to have this opportunity,” Lewinsky wrote in a statement to Vanity Fair. “People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative; almost 20 years later,” she wrote. Murphy also recalled to Vanity Fair that it was important to him to make it clear that Lewinsky would be given the opportunity to tell the story from her perspective.

Impeachment Comes At The Height Of The 2020 Election

Those excited at the prospect of Impeachment will have to wait, though. While Murphy and FX have made initial announcements about the upcoming series, it’s not set to premiere until September 27, 2020. The show will star Sarah Paulson, of course, as Linda Tripp. Tripp famously recorded phone calls between herself and Lewinsky during the scandal and played a major role in the ultimate impeachment of Bill Clinton. Lewinsky herself is set to be played by Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart, Lady Bird).

Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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