The murder of Gianni Versace will be the subject of the third season of American Crime Story – the hit US true crime series that debuted this year with its first season, The People v. O.J. Simpson. Following the huge success of series one of the anthology show, which won 10 Emmys and huge ratings in the States, the subsequent two seasons have been fast-tracked. Season two will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with Versace’s death in 1997 taking the focus of the third.
The third series will reportedly be based on the book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in the US History, by Maureen Orth, which chronicles Versace’s death at the hands of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, as well as the subsequent manhunt which ended with Cunanan’s suicide eight days later. Versace was Cunanan’s fifth and final victim.
The same executive producing team – Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, and Brad Simpson – who all won Emmys for The People v. O.J. Simpson, will return for both series two and three. Casting is rumoured to have begun, with high-profile Hollywood names already in the running for roles including that of Donatella Versace.