FX announces American Horror Story spinoff, American Crime Story


What a week! Not only is American Horror Story: Freak Show premiering tonight, but FX also announced they’ve given a companion series, American Crime Story, the green light.

“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,” Ryan Murphy told Deadline of the new show, which sounds like one part AHS, one part Fargo and one part Dateline.

The 10-episode first season will focus on the infamous O.J. Simpson case and will be titled American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson. If you want some spoilers (beyond those we already know), the season is specifically based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson,” which looks at the “chaotic” trial from the perspectives of lawyers. The book was adapted by The People Vs. Larry Flynt‘s Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

As with AHS, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will produce ACS. They will be joined by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Dante Di Loreto.

“When Ryan has passion for a project, our entire company is energized by his enthusiasm and spectacular talent,” said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “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.”

Filming is set to begin in Los Angeles early next year, which means it could debut as early as next spring.

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