‘Famous Designer Versace Murder’ in American Crime Story Season 3

By Hyvie Sabillano, Posted: 10/19/16 04:36AM EDT
68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Writing-producing team for “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”, winners of Best Mini-Series or Movie, pose in the press room during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo : Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

After the acclaimed first season of television series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson debuted on Feb. 12 FX has already lined up the next two seasons of the show, which will be aired in 2017.

Everyone is tight-lipped on the details but season three will be based on Maureen Orth's 1999 book Vulgar Favors, which examines Versace's murder on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion and the failed manhunt for Cunanan. The book also attempts to paint a psychological portrait of Cunanan, who killed four people and ultimately took his own life. Versace was his fifth and final victim.

Maureen Orth, together with Tom Rob Smith (London Spy) is set to write the first two and its subsequent episodes.

Deadline states that, Versace/Cunanan will film virtually simultaneously with the second American Crime Story installment, Katrina, in early 2017. It was not originally planned but it happened when FX and Fox 21 executives read Smith's first script and were so impres     sed, 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 will be filmed in Los Angeles and Miami next spring.

ACS's core producing team - Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk - all Emmy winners for People v. O.J. Simpson as best limited series - will executive produce Versace/Cunanan alongside Smith.      

The People v. O.J. Simpson was acclaimed, receiving praise for most of the performances, directing and writing. For the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, the season received 22 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning nine, including Outstanding Limited Series.

Based on the plans that are unfolding, the series continues to take different angle on the true crime theme in each season while tackling notorious cases - from a murder trial (People v. O.J.) to a human tragedy (Katrina) to a murder mystery (Versace/Cunanan).

Provided, the next installments of the series were as highly acclaimed as the first season, we wonder what's to look forward to after the third season?

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