Right now, it seems like everyone is talking about Westworld - but the hit HBO show hasn't been the only new TV series in 2016 to capture the world's attention, with FX's American Crime Story emerging as one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed TV dramas of recent memory earlier this year. Coming from producer and director Ryan Murphy, FX was quick to renew the anthology series for a second season called "Katrina", following the success of the first; which focused on the famous and turbulent "People v. O.J. Simpson" case. Judging by the large number of Emmy awards it recently won a few months ago as well, it seems safe to say that the network's confidence in the series has certainly paid off.
Work on American Crime Story season 2 is still in the pre-production stages, and a majority of details regarding it remain a mystery - including, whether or not any of the season 1 cast members (Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr., etc.) will be returning. However, it looks like FX isn't going to be wasting any time guaranteeing a long future for its hit show.
Deadline is reporting that FX has already renewed American Crime Story for a third season called "Versace/Cunanan". The season will tackle the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Based on the book "Vulgar Murders" by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, the first two episodes of the season will be written by Tom Rob Smith (London Spy, Child 44), with Ryan Murphy once again returning to direct the first episode. It will reportedly film at the same time as the second season in early 2017.
Now, it is worth noting that writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski don't seem to be returning for the new season either, after having created and written almost half of the episodes in "The People v. O.J. Simpson"; though Tom Rob Smith is expected it seems to be filling that position with "Versace/Cunanan". No casting details are known about the season right now, with the report only briefly mentioning that an A-list actress is being courted to possibly play Versace's sister, Donatella Versace, who plays a large role in the season's story.
Versace was a hugely successful, and openly gay fashion designer, when he was killed on the front steps of his Miami Beach home in Florida in 1997 at the age of 50. Andrew Cunanan, who had killed at least four other people across the United States in the months leading up to Versace's murder and who had landed himself on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list at the time, later went on to commit suicide on a boat eight days later with the same gun he had used to kill Versace and another victim.
Judging by the stories now set to be told in its second and now third seasons too, it looks like American Crime Story won't always be the courtroom drama that its first season received so much acclaim for being. Hopefully, that will keep each season from feeling derivative of and/or too similar to its predecessors.
American Crime Story seasons 2 and 3 do not currently have premiere dates. We will keep you updated.