Deadline reports the American Crime Story TV show anthology has been renewed for a third season on FX. Season three will feature Gianni Versace’s murder by Andrew Cunanan. The acclaimed first season, “The People Vs. OJ Simpson,” focused on Simpson’s trial for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
The upcoming second season from creator Ryan Murphy will retell the story of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. According to the report, season three will be based on the book, Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, by Maureen Orth. London Spy scribe Tom Rob Smith is attached to write.
Here is more from Deadline:
Everyone is keeping mum on details but I understand that the title of the new 10-episode installment will be Versace/Cunanan and will examine the shocking July 1997 assassination of legendary designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by sociopath and serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who eight days later killed himself in a house boat as the Miami Dade police force moved in to capture him. Versace was his fifth and final victim.
Versace/Cunanan will film virtually simultaneously with the second American Crime Story installment, Katrina, in early 2017. I hear that was not planned but happened when FX and Fox 21 executives read Smith’s first script and were so impressed, a decision was made to accelerate production on Season 3. Katrina, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, will still air first, followed by Versace/Cunanan.
Murphy, who received an Emmy nomination for directing the opening episode of People v. O.J. Simpson and is expected to helm the Katrina opener, will also direct the first episode of Versace/Cunanan, which I hear will film in Los Angeles and Miami next spring.
Also back for Versace/Cunanan are casting directors Nicole Daniels and Courtney Bright, who won an Emmy for The People v. O.J. Simpson. I hear the producers already are meeting with actors to play the title roles, and an A-list actress in negotiations to play Versace’s sister Donatella Versace, who is featured prominently in the story.
What do you think? How do you like the sound of the third season of the American Crime Story TV series? Who would you cast as Donatella Versace?