On the first season of American Crime Story, we were given an in depth look at one of the biggest trials of the 20th century: The People v. OJ Simpson. It premiered in a year where the world seemed to be obsessed with the OJ trial. With the 30 for 30 documentary, O.J. Made in America, and American Crime Story both airing, the world got one of the most intimate views of a murder case ever made.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story garnered much critical acclaim and earned a copious amount of awards, so it only makes sense that they would do another take on a infamous crime story.
This month will see the premiere of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. It will be an adaption of the non-fiction book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U. S. History by Maureen Orth. Her novel explored the reasoning for his murder and how he was killed.
On July 15th, 1997, Gianni Versace was coming home to his Miami Beach mansion from his morning walk when Andrew Cunanan shot and killed him on his front porch. After an eight day manhunt, Cunanan killed himself in a houseboat. He was also responsible for four other killings. His motives were never discovered. The assassination shocked the world. Due to the nature of this story, it makes sense that the executive producer of ACS, Ryan Murphy, would want to adapt it.
Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss were cast as Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan, respectively. Donatella Versace, the sister of Gianni, will be portrayed by Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin will play Antonio D’Amico, Gianni’s Boyfriend.
The season premieres on January 16th and will have a nine episode run.
Check out the trailer below: