Given the success of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, it’s no surprise that FX commissioned another anthology series from the creator called American Crime Story, and now it has its leads. While the series will feature some familiar faces from the AHS camp, it appears some new players have joined with Murphy for season 1 of the new series that will focus on the trial of O.J. Simpson.
In an official press released sent out by the network, it was revealed that Cuba Gooding Jr. would play the role of O.J. Simpson, while Sarah Paulson will play head prosecutor Marcia Clark. Officially titled American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the season will follow a trajectory based on The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, and will be the start of a new formula for Murphy that will see each run of the new drama tackle a different true crime story that managed to make headlines and “captivate the imagination of the public.”
In regard to plot specifics, FX stated:
[The series] is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, 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.
It’s been a fun 24 hours for Ryan Murphy fans who also learned yesterday Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts had signed on for the first season of the new horror/comedy anthology series Scream Queens for Fox.
However, as explained yesterday, Murphy may be starting to stretch himself thin. In addition to the now two FX anthologies he’ll be running, he also has to make time for a third on Fox; all of which will need to be rebooted with new stories and characters in 2016, should renewals come down. It’s a lot of work for one man, even Ryan Murphy.
Of course, some could argue American Horror Story’s already a well-oiled machine, and thus wouldn’t need that much input from Murphy. However, what separates AHS from other shows where that statement might be true is AHS needs a new story every season, and that means creating new characters - and that means bringing in the series creator in order to fit the original tone and style of stories past into something new.
None of this is to say we don’t have high hopes for all three of the series; when push comes to shove, Murphy's usually a guy capable of knocking things out of the park. We just want to know his energy is being focused correctly.
American Crime Story premieres in 2015 on FX.