On the eve of the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show, FX announced it has ordered a companion anthology American Crime Story from producer Ryan Murphy.
Each new season of the series will focus on a different true-crime story that captured the public's imagination, beginning with the 10-episode The People v. O.J. Simpson, based on Jeffrey Toobin's bestseller The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
The project will tell the story of the O.J. Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers, exploring the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
“This is an exciting project for me,” Murphy said in a statement, “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.”
Murphy will be joined as executive producer on the project by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Dante Di Loreto, and his American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk. Murphy will also direct, with the first two hours of the season written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ed Wood).
Production is scheduled to begin early next year in Los Angeles.