According to Murphy, he's wanted to create something around an alternate Hollywood universe since he created the FX miniseries, Feud. "Ever since I did 'Feud', I had been working on a piece about the buried history of Hollywood," he shared with USA Today. "I was very interested, even as a young person, in three people: Rock Hudson, Anna May Wong, and Hattie McDaniel.
As the show's creators noted, it's an "aspirational tale of what ifs. "With the present so fraught and the future uncertain, we turned to the past for direction, uncovering buried history to spin an aspirational tale of what ifs," Janet Mock, the show's executive producer, writer, and director shared with The Hollywood Reporter. "What if a band of outsiders were given a chance to tell their own story?
On Thursday, Netflix released the first set of images from Murphy's upcoming limited series, Hollywood, starring some of Murphy's favorite actors, including Darren Criss, Patti LuPone, and Dylan McDermott.
The limited series, which Murphy—who has brought you American Horror Story, Glee, The Politician, etc—co-created with Ian Brennan, will mix real Hollywood figures and fictional characters from the 1940s to reimagine what Hollywood could have been.