With just one day left until American Horror Story: Freak Show debuts on FX, the network has issued a straight-to-series order for a spin-off companion series titled American Crime Story, with the first installment based on the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial.
FX has handed out a 10-episode order for American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson}, which is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin. American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy will direct the first episode, which was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The project was initially set up as a Fox event series last year before it was re-worked into this spin-off.
Ryan Murphy, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will also executive produce alongside American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games), Brad Simpson and Dante Di Loreto.
Here's what FX Networks CEO John Landgraf had to say about the project in a statement.
"Time and time again, Ryan Murphy has transformed the medium of television by redefining genres and formats as he did with Nip/Tuck, Glee and the American Horror Story franchise, and we expect the same of American Crime Story. Scott and Larry have adapted Jeffrey Toobin's book into a masterful 10-hour piece. I have no doubt that Ryan and his partners Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto are going to make something very memorable here - and that it will be a spectacular first entry in what is destined to become a series of great true crime-based miniseries."
The story will be told from the lawyers' perspective, showcasing the chaotic, behind-the-scenes dealings from both sides, and how a combination of factors including the L.A.P.D.'s history with Los Angeles' black community, over-confidence by the prosecution and slick tactics by the defense, gave the journey enough reasonable doubt to acquit O.J. Simpson.
Here's what Ryan Murphy had to say in his statement.
"This is an exciting project for me, as I've been looking for the right property which could serve as an extension of the American Horror Story brand I love so much. The O.J. case was as tragic as it was fascinating - it seemed like everyone had a stake in the outcome. It was really the beginning of the modern tabloid age."
Fox Television Group CEO's Dana Walden and Gary Newman had this to say in their statement.
"When Ryan has passion for a project, our entire company is energized by his enthusiasm and spectacular talent. "Nothing is more exciting than starting a juicy, new franchise with him, and the team behind-the-scenes is top-notch - a 'dream team' that rivals any ever assembled."
Like American Horror Story, American Crime Story will tackle a different true crime tale each season. Production will begin early next year in Los Angeles.