Ryan Murphy is set to develop and produce 'American Crime Story', a sister anthology series to 'American Horror Story'. The first series will focus on the notorious O.J. Simpson murder trial.
American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy is set to develop another anthology series for AHS' network FX, entitled American Crime Story.
Ryan Murphy created American Horror Story and Glee.
American Crime Story will focus each season on a different true crime case which captured the public's imagination. The first 10 episode series will focus on the notorious O.J. Simpson case. The series, simply entitled The People v. O.J. Simpson is based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
The case is one of the most controversial in recent legal history. Simpson was charged in 1994 with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her alleged lover Ronald Goldman. Simpson was found not guilty but the verdict was - and still is - widely questioned.
Previous depictions of the events leading to the trial have primarily focussed on O.J. Simpson and his relationship with Brown. American Crime Story will focus on the lawyers - who included Kim Kardashian's late father Robert Kardashian - and attempt to explain how they constructed the trial to ensure the jury doubted the prosecutions depiction of events.
The first series of American Crime Story will focus on O.J. Simpson.
The show is being developed by Murphy after an initial series was planned by The People v. Larry Flint writers Scott Alexander and Alex Karaszewski. The first two episodes of the series will be penned by Hunger Games scriptwriter Nina Jacobson and World War Z scriptwriter Brad Simpson. Murphy's role will be as producer, alongside his frequent collaborator Brad Falchuk, and occasional director.
The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter and they obtained a statement from Murphy. Murphy explained his fascination with the O.J. Simpson trial and how it impacted the general public particularly due to the rise in the tabloid press.
Murphy said: "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."
Ryan Murphy: O.J. case is "fascinating".