‘American Crime Story’: ‘American Horror Story’ Spinoff Features A Familiar Killer

Ryan Murphy, the creator of the popular anthology series, American Horror Story, is challenging television genre definitions once again with a new anthology series, American Crime Story.

American Crime Story will take on some real-life bizarre crime cases, starting off with a biggie: the alleged O.J. Simpson murders. FX has given Murphy a ten episode run first season of American Crime Story, which will be officially called American Crime Story: The People Vs O.J. Simpson.

According to Deadline, the first season of American Crime Story will be based on the book The Run of His Life: The People Vs O.J. Simpson. The first installment of the American Crime Story spinoff will be directed by Murphy himself, from a script already completed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (best known for his The People Vs. Larry Flynt screenplay).

Filming for American Crime Story is set to begin in Los Angeles early next year. FX Networks CEO John Landgraff says he’s extremely excited about the direction that Murphy and the screenwriters are taking the series.

“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. 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.”

Ryan Murphy was also hyped for American Crime Story.

“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.”

Following the format of American Horror Story, American Crime Story will feature a new crime every season. American Horror Story’s latest season, American Horror Story: Freak Show, premieres tomorrow night on FX.

The Hollywood Reporter adds that American Crime Story will look at the O.J. Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers, and will examine the behind the scenes dealings between both the prosecution and defense.

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