Following the critically acclaimed, award-winning and highly-rated “People v. O.J. Simpson” first installment, FX’s anthology series “American Crime Story” is looking ahead beyond its Hurricane Katrina-themed second season.
The Ryan Murphy-produced series has not only been renewed for a third season by FX, but the ten-episode installment will be titled “Versace/Cunanan” and will examine the 1997 assassination of legendary designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by sociopath and serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
Eight days later Cunanan killed himself in a house boat as the Miami-Dade police force moved in to capture him. Versace was his fifth and final victim and his motives for the murder were never established.
The season will be an adaptation of Maureen Orth’s novel “Vulgar Favors” and Tom Rob Smith (“London Spy”) is set to write the first two and multiple subsequent episodes.
The reason the new season is being announced so early is that it will be shot virtually simultaneously with the second season early next year. FX execs liked Smith’s first script so much that a decision was made to accelerate production on the third season in Los Angeles and Miami.
‘Katrina’ will still air first and Murphy will direct both pilots. An A-list actress is in negotiations to play Versace’s sister Donatella Versace, who is featured prominently in the third season’s story.