Producer Ryan Murphy has confirmed that the second season of his “American Crime Story” anthology series will unfold in a different way.
Titled ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’, Murphy revealed during the TCAs this week that the series will actually start with the 1997 murder of fashion designer Versace (Edgar Ramirez) at the hands of serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), and then work its way backwards:
“We’re telling the story backwards. The first episode deals with the literal murder, or assassination itself, and then we get into how he [Cunanan] had that motive and why he wanted to do what he wanted to do.
It’s more than why he was killed. It’s why it was allowed to happen. We’re not just doing a crime. We’re trying to talk about a crime within a social idea. I think the word assassination has a political overtone, and it denotes somebody taking the life of somebody to make a point, and that’s exactly what Andrew Cunanan did.”
Murphy says one of the big reasons Cunanan was able to make his way across the country and pick off his victims, many of whom were gay, was because of homophobia at the time and so the series will explore local law enforcement’s reluctance to hang wanted posters of Cunanan because of who his victims were.
This means the season will also have more of a manhunt feel to it and “it’s not a one-location season”. It’s also a big two-hander with Ramirez and Criss being the focus. The series premieres in 2018.