FX is adding another Ryan Murphy produced anthology series to their line up.
The basic cable network has handed a 10 episode straight-to-series order to American Crime Story, a companion series to American Horror Story which hails from Ryan Murphy and will explore a different true crime story each season, TVWise has learned.
American Crime Story will, like American Horror Story, be an anthology series, with a new story and cast each season. The show’s first season (subtitled The People v. O.J. Simpson) will explore the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
The show’s first season is based on The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin and is being produced by FX Productions and Fox 21. The anthology series initially began its life as a limited event series, which was set up at FX sibling Fox and was being penned by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski – both of whom are moving with the project to FX. The executive producers are Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Dante Di Loreto. Ryan Murphy is also attached to direct the series, which begins production in Los Angeles in early 2015.
“Time and time again, Ryan Murphy has transformed the medium of television by redefining genres and formats as he did with Nip/Tuck, Glee and the American Horror Story franchise, and we expect the same of American Crime Story,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Network. “Scott and Larry have adapted Jeffrey Toobin’s book into a masterful 10-hour piece. I have no doubt that Ryan and his partners, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto are going to make something very memorable here – and that it will be a spectacular first entry in what is destined to become a series of great true crime-based miniseries.”
“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”, added Ryan Murphy. “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.”
While Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman added: “When Ryan has passion for a project, our entire company is energized by his enthusiasm and spectacular talent. Nothing is more exciting than starting a juicy, new franchise with him, and the team behind-the-scenes is top-notch – a ‘dream team’ that rivals any ever assembled.”