FX bosses have made clear that American Crime Story would plumb a broader criminal focus than The People v. O.J. Simpson, noting early on that Hurricane Katrina would form Season 2's main story. Now, we know the as-yet-untitled follow-up will take advantage of additional episodes, casting some of the nation’s most notable figures.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Ryan Murphy confirms that where the first Emmy-nominated season unfurled over 10 epsiodes, the second might take place across anywhere from 13-15 hours. The creator also suggested Douglas Brinkley’s The Great Deluge will serve as source material, noting:

It’s an amazing tragedy that you cannot believe happened in America. But along with the overwhelming horribleness and sadness, you also have amazing stories of [people] coming together. We’re laying into what do you do when you’re in a city and your government has abandoned you? You get out by climbing up and pulling up people with you, and to a large degree that’s what the miniseries is about. It’s not just what happened but heroic stories about people surviving — or in some cases, dying helping others.

No returning cast have been confirmed, though American Crime Story Season 2 is officially looking to cast actors for George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.

We’ll hear more soon, before the 2017 premiere, but could the Katrina season surpass its American Crime Story predecessor?

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