Ryan Murphy has created a handful of huge shows, but perhaps none more talked-about than “American Horror Story.” The FX anthology series takes place in different time periods each season with a different cast (although there can be many returning players each time, almost like Murphy’s own acting troupe), and now he’s found a way to expand the brand of “American Horror Story” into something completely different for FX Networks.
A press release reveals that Murphy has created a new mini-series anthology called “American Crime Story” that will focus on a different case each season. The first season will be ten episodes long (all of which Murphy will direct himself), and be called “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will adapt from Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The first season will reportedly be told from the perspectives of the lawyers in the case. Murphy said:
This is an exciting project for me, as I’ve been looking for the right property which could serve as an extension of the ‘American Horror Story’ brand I love so much. The O.J. case was as tragic as it was fascinating – it seemed like everyone had a stake in the outcome. It was really the beginning of the modern tabloid age.
“American Crime Story”? Really? Don’t we have enough true crime shows on TV already? I don’t watch “American Horror Story” myself, but I assume part of the reason people tune in is to see all of the wacky insanity that Murphy and his writers can come up with. I’m not sure I see the point in spinning this off, since I can’t imagine this show will be even remotely similar to “Horror Story” in anything other than the name and anthology format.
What do you think?
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