Fans of Ryan Murphy’s EMMY award-winning crime series ‘American Crime Story’ will know that the next season of the crime anthology, is set to document the devastation and tragedy caused during and after hurricane Katrina which decimated New Orleans. However, the plans have now changed and Murphy will now release the Versace season next, ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’, (which was originally meant to be the third season, but will now be the second, following the hugely successful first season ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson.’,. The new move has pushed the Katrina season to 2018 as season three.
Versace is currently in production and tells the story of the designer, played by Edgar Ramirez, and the serial killer, Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), who gunned him down outside Versace’s mansion in Miami. Penelope Cruz will be playing the role of Donatella (seen in Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive image below)
On switching the seasons, FX president John Landgraf offered an update recently at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Revealing Katrina had been pushed until 2018 for creative reasons:
We had developed People v. O.J. and we had material in really good shape ready to go,” the exec explained. “We had scripts we were really excited about. We have really high ambitions for this. It’s about character and larger themes. It’s just taking time, frankly, to get material we’re happy with.
Also, when you’re shooting in New Orleans, you have to worry about hurricanes,” Landgraf added. “You can only shoot there during certain times of the year.”
As a result of the delay, the Katrina and Versace installments will “air within about six months of each other” in 2018, said Landgraf. “We’ll end up having a long hiatus and then we’ll get back on cycle.