“American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy, who is already arguably the busiest guy in Hollywood, is leaping into his next creative endeavor which is based on true-crime stories. Per an Oct. 7 Deadline report, Murphy finally unveiled the “American Horror Story” companion series he teased about at the PaleyFest panel for “American Horror Story: Asylum.”
The new anthology series will be called “American Crime Story” and the first 10-episode installment is sub-titled “The People vs. O.J. Simpson.” This highly publicized and debated story is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.” The show explores the infamous and incredulous Simpson trial from behind-the-scenes and the lawyers’ perspective.
The fact that celebrated American football star O.J. Simpson was arrested and accused of murdering his ex-wife in such a grisly, gruesome way literally rocked the nation in 1994. His fight for acquittal eventually became one of the most publicized criminal trials in history. Simpson’s legal team was filled with high-profile defense attorneys including F. Lee Bailey, Robert Shapiro, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian and Johnnie Cochran, among others. Deputy District Attorney Marcia Clark was lead prosecutor with DDA Christopher A. Darden serving as co-counsel.
The trial jury was sworn in on Nov. 2, 1994, opening statements were made Jan. 24, 1995 and the nail-biting verdict was read on Oct. 3 1995. Simpson was acquitted of the charges only to be arrested in 2007 for felony charges including armed robbery and kidnapping. He’s currently serving a 33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada.
Ryan Murphy is known for his utterly fearless approach to storytelling and he recently enjoyed a huge Primetime Emmy win for Outstanding Television Movie for his gripping HBO drama “The Normal Heart.” The film was based on Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning play of the same name. He exhaustively researches every project he undertakes, which translates to vivid realism in all of his projects that ultimately provides a captivating end result.
AHS fans are chomping at the bit for season four’s “Freak Show” installment which is set in the ‘50s in Jupiter, Florida and follows Jessica Lange as German ex-pat freak show owner Elsa Mars and her troupe of stars, as they struggle to keep the show alive and fight discrimination from the townsfolk. The town is also ravaged by a serial-killing clown named Twisty, played by John Carroll Lynch.
Murphy discussed “American Crime Story’s” first controversial subject with Deadline saying, “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.”
The future for the spinoff bodes well, given “American Horror Story’s” gaining popularity and large band of loyal, international fans. Since series inception, “American Horror Story” has garnered 17 Primetime Emmy Nominations per season, with eight Emmy wins. Series lead actress and Oscar winner Jessica Lange took home two of those Emmys for her work in “American Horror Story: Murder House” and last season’s highest rated installment, “American Horror Story: Coven.”
Few details are known about whether the potential “American Crime Story” cast will follow “American Horror Story’s” repertory lead. In a bittersweet sense, some of Murphy’s busy calendar will be cleared with his beloved, Emmy winning series “Glee” airing its final season with its upcoming sixth season. Filming for “American Crime Story” will begin next year and the show will air on FX network.
The extended 90-minute “American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres on Oct. 8 at 10 pm ET on FX.