Unsurprisingly, the family of slain fashion designer Gianna Versace has come out against FX and Ryan Murphy’s upcoming “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace” installment of their anthology series “American Crime Story”.
Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin star in the series which is based on the unauthorized book “Vulgar Favors” by Maureen Orth with screenwriter Tim Rob Smith adapting it into the limited series.
The show delves into the events surrounding the murder of the iconic Italian designer, shot in front of his Miami Beach mansion in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. In a statement to media outlets today, the family’s fashion house label says:
“The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace. Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.”
FX has now issued an official statement in response, saying:
“Like the original American Crime Story series “The People Vs OJ Simpson,” which was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s non-fiction bestseller “The Run of His Life,” FX’s follow-up “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace” is based on Maureen Orth’s heavily researched and authenticated non-fiction bestseller “Vulgar Favors” which examined the true-life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” premieres January 19th.