FX has renewed Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” for a third season, Variety has confirmed. The new season will explore the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
The renewal comes on the heels of a big haul for the first season of the anthology series at the Primetime Emmy Awards, where “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” racked up 10 wins. Season 2 of the series, which will focus on Hurricane Katrina, is set to premiere on FX in 2017.
Season three will be based on the book “Vulgar Favors” by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth. Tom Rob Smith will write the first two episodes in the season as well as subsequent episodes. Produced by Fox 21, the season will be titled “Versace/Cunanan: American Crime Story.”
Versace was killed on the steps of his home in Miami Beach by serial murderer Andrew Cunanan, who killed himself eight days later on a house boat. Versace was one of five people murdered by Cunanan over the course of a three-month period in 1997.
Murphy will executive produce “Versace/Cunanan” with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk and Smith. Murphy is expected to direct the first episode, as he did with “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Deadline first reported the renewal.