Ryan Murphy to Produce American Crime Story for FX
FX has announced that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the masterminds behind the network's hit American Horror Story
series (the fourth season of which debuts tonight), will be producing American Crime Story
for the network in 2015.
Set-up much like the Horror
franchise (a single season story using a repertory cast of actors), Crime
will tackle one major U.S.-based crime and dramatize it over the course of a season. For the show's inaugural run, the topic will be the O.J. Simpson trial, making the season title: American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
The series will have an initial run of 10 episodes, and will be based on Jeffrey Toobin's book "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson." The show's initial two episodes will be written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewki, best known for their work on the film The People v. Larry Flint
. Unlike with Horror Story
, Crime Story
will be much more laser focused on a single storyline- in the case of O.J., it will look at the case from the perspective of the defense team and how to best introduce reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury.
No casting has been announced, and no air date has been set. The series has been ordered straight to series by FX, meaning that it will produce the entire 10 episode season.