Following the massive response for “American Crime Story’s” first season with “The People v O.J. Simpson,” the true crime anthology is moving forward with at least two seasons already in development. The upcoming installment will be focusing on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while the third one will be tackling the murder of renowned fashion designer Gianni Versace.
The young series has been gaining so much attention with Ryan Murphy tied to the project. The “American Horror Story” creator and his production company have been involved with the show since its first season and despite the roundabout way of casting and enlisting crew, it seems that they are most likely remaining involved with the show moving forward.
In fact, Murphy even started talking about the third season of the show during a special panel at Entertainment Weekly’s PopFest over the weekend.
“I was always very moved and freaked out by the Versace assassination, and I thought it was a really great story to do because it’s a manhunt season,” the producer extraordinaire admitted. “[Serial killer Andrew Cunanan] killed four people and then Versace, and was on the loose. We’re exploring the reasons of how he got away with being undetected.”
In 1997, the Italian fashion designer was gunned down on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by Cunanan who at that time had just been tagged as a fugitive by the FBI. His killing spree across states ended when he took his own life before the police closed in on him. The crime shook not just the fashion industry but the world given that Versace was a well-loved person whose friends ranged from Diana, Princess of Wales to Cher.
“The tragedy of the Versace murder was that it should not have happened. He should have been caught by then. But he wasn’t caught because he was targeting gay people, and people didn’t care. That’s why Gianni Versace was killed, for the most part,” Murphy added. “That is a true crime story in America, so we’re tackling that.”
However, before this controversial case becomes the centerpiece for “American Crime Story,” the devastating catastrophe following Hurricane Katrina destruction of New Orleans and its neighboring places will be told. No official release date for the show’s second season but it is expected to air on FX sometime early next year.