After weeks of teaser trailers promoting the second season of American Crime Story, FX released the premiere date for Ryan Murphy‘s The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Set to bow on Wednesday, January 17, the ten-episode season begins with a premiere directed by Murphy and written by Tom Rob Smith. The season premiere was announced through a new teaser screened during this week’s episode of Murphy’s American Horror Story: Cult, ‘Drink the Kool-Aid.”
You can view some of the more recent teasers here:
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace examines the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) and the manhunt for serial murderer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), who killed Versace on the front steps of his Miami Beach home. The media firestorm surrounding the murder would create a climate of fear, anger and mistrust throughout the Miami, Florida, area for the next eight days. Cunanan eventually committed suicide and his body was discovered on a house boat eight days later. The series also stars Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace and singer Ricky Martin as Versace’s partner, Antonio D’Amico. Murphy regular Matt Bomer (Glee, American Horror Story) has been tapped to make his directorial debut on one of the episodes this season.
As previously announced, Versace is switching seasons with Katrina: American Crime Story, which was originally announced for the second season. Katrina stars Dennis Quaid (Frequency) as U.S. President George W. Bush and Annette Bening (American Beauty) as Kathleen Blanco, governor of Louisiana both during and after the hurricane’s destructive path. Production on Katrina is expected to begin in early 2018. The Monica Lewinsky scandal is also being considered as a subject for a future season of American Crime Story, though no timetable has been set by either Murphy or FX.
Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Murphy and Smith will executive produce the season with studio production responsibilities falling to Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.