*Ryan Murphy – the TV producer who brought you “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee,” the “American Horror Story” franchise and the HBO film “The Normal Heart ” – has set a new anthology series at FX that will focus each season on a different real-life crime story that made headlines and captivated the public.
First up…is Orenthal James Simpson.
The 10-episode installment of “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” based on Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” will look at the O.J. Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers, and is poised to explore the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court.
More significantly, it will display 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.
Production is expected to begin early next year in Los Angeles with Murphy also set to direct.
“Time and time again, Ryan Murphy has transformed the medium of television by redefining genres and formats as he did with ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘Glee’ and the ‘American Horror Story’ franchise, and we expect the same of ‘American Crime Story,’” said FX Networks CEO John Landgraf.
Added Murphy: “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.”
The news comes the day before Murphy’s “AHS” is set to premiere its fourth season, sub-titled “Freak Show.” “Glee” will air its sixth and final season on Fox in 2015, and Murphy’s recent HBO adaptation of “The Normal Heart” earned the Emmy for best TV movie. A sequel is already in the works.