American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simpson was one of 2016’s most compelling TV shows.
Adapted from Jeffrey Toobin’s The Run Of His Life novel, the 10 part series chronicled the infamous OJ murder case.
It gained worldwide praise for its writing and direction, and was a critical success, winning multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards.
Luckily, fans of American Crime Story won’t have to wait much longer for the show’s second season.
The self-contained miniseries will return in early 2018 and will explore the murder of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace.
Here’s everything you need to know about FX’s upcoming true crime anthology.
What is it about?
The Assassination of Gianni Versace is based on American author Maureen Orth’s 1999 novel Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, And The Largest Failed Manhunt In US History.
It centres on the events surrounding the famous designer’s murder on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion on July 15, 1997.
The Versace founder was shot dead at the age of 50 by 27-year-old American serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who’d murdered as least four other people.
Cunanan was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list until he took his own life eight days after assassinating Versace.
Who’s starring in it?
At the beginning of this year, Ryan Murphy’s frequent collaborator Darren Criss (of Glee fame) joined the cast alongside Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez.
They will be starring as Andrew Cunanan and Gianni Versace respectively.
Penelope Cruz will play Gianni’s sister and fellow fashion designer Donatella, while Ricky Martin will play Antonio D’Amico, Gianni’s partner of 15 years who was drinking coffee on the veranda of their home when he heard the gunshots.
Other cast members for season two are Max Greenfield as Gianni’s brother Santo, and Finn Wittrock as Cunanan’s first victim Jeffrey Trail.
Annaleigh Ashford and Nico Evers-Swindell round out the main cast as Cunanan’s friends, Lizzie and Phil Cote.
Where was it filmed?
A post shared by Ryan Murphy (@mrrpmurphy) on
At the 2016 TCA Press Tour, Ryan Murphy talked about filming at the actual Versace mansion.
The fashion designer’s house was sold in the years following his death and it was subsequently turned into a hotel.
As a result, the cast and crew were able to shoot many of the key moments in Versace’s home.
The assassination scene was eerily filmed in the real location where Versace was killed.
How will it be different from The People V OJ Simpson?
If you’re worried about The Assassination Of Gianni Versace being just another rehash of The People V OJ Simpson, you can rest easy.
The shows might be set in the same era and surround very wealthy celebrities, but this version follows a manhunt rather than a court trial.
It also explores a very different celebrity figure; OJ was an African-American sports star, while Versace was an openly gay Italian fashion designer who frequented the international party scene.
The fashion and set design will therefore have a very different style.
Why should I watch it?
The Assassination of Gianni Versace explores a tragic event in history that many people – particular those in their teens and 20s – won’t necessarily remember.
It also acts as a sort of tribute to Versace himself.
He was a trailblazer, a trendsetter and a style icon who lived life by his own rules.
Ryan Murphy’s shows are always culturally, politically and socially relevant, and this season of American Crime Story deals with issues of wealth, homophobia in the 90s, and fame.
If the writing, direction and performances are anything like they were in The People V OJ Simpson, we can expect another gripping, grueling and truly memorable series of American Crime Story.
When’s it on and how can I watch it?
The 10 episode series will premiere in America on January 17, 2018 on FX.
A UK date is yet to be announced but it’s expected in early 2018 and will air on BBC Two, before hitting Netflix soon after.
The People V O.J Simpson, which also aired on BBC Two, premiered on 15 February 2016.