American Crime Story season three will focus on Gianni Versace’s murder

Thanks to the critical success of the first installment of American Crime Story, Ryan Murphy’s series has already been renewed for a third season, and the anthology series will take on one of the most shocking murders of the 90s.

The first season of ACS, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, won 10 Emmys, including outstanding limited series honors and a best actress win for the incredible Sarah Paulson. The show was renewed for a second season a few months ago, and season two will deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It has now been confirmed that the third season of the FX anthology series will take on the 1997 murder of designer Gianni Versace (or, if you’re Nomi Malone, that’s Ver-Sayce. Sorry, couldn’t resist the Showgirls reference).

As you may recall, Versace was assassinated on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan on July 15, 1997. He was just 50 years old. Cunanan, who killed four people before taking Gianni’s life, committed suicide eight days after the murder. Ryan is basing the script for the dramatization of the murder on the book Vulgar Favors, by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth. Ryan will be working with his ACS producing team, including Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk as well as English writer Tom Rob Smith, who wrote the series London Spy for BBC2.

The series will be filmed concurrently as ACS season two in early 2017 and the 10-episode series will most likely air sometime in 2018. I don’t know how Ryan has the time to crank out all of these shows – and they’re all great. If Versace/Cunanan wasn’t an interesting enough project, we still have the eagerly anticipated (by me, at least) Feud, along with more American Horror Story and Scream Queens.

The Versace case seems to have all of the makings for a riveting drama and I’m looking forward to it. I am just wondering, however, how Sarah Paulson is going to fare as Donatella Versace. I mean, you know she’s got to have a meaty role in this season, and Donatella is really the only prominent female character in the story. Heck, Sarah is so good, some could probably play Gianni convincingly. Of course, Ryan has cast Lady Gaga on two seasons of American Horror Story, so there’s that. I will admit, she’s got the look, but does she have the acting chops to handle the part?

I’m at a loss as to who could play Versace or Cunanan, although in a few mug shots, the murderer bears a slight resemblance to SNL alum Fred Armisen, but that’s probably a stretch. Who would you like to see on ACS 3?

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  1. Hannah says:

    Lady Gaga will be Donatella, she even have a song named after her.

  2. Esmom says:

    Wow, I haven’t thought about this for a while but I remember how shocking and riveting this was as it was unfolding. I’m in Chicago and part of Cunanan’s spree was here, about a block from my gym, so I guess I felt extra connected. I remember feeling like I needed. more. info. now.

    I see the Cunanan-Armisen resemblance, lol. But he’s too old. I could see maybe Ezra Miller, with eyebrow wiglets?

    Interesting that Murphy & Co are focusing on these decades-old stories. This is a good choice. Others, Jeffrey Dahmer comes to mind, are better left un-rehashed, imo.

  3. krabster says:

    bradley whitford = Versace! and maybe John Krasinski?

  4. Melody says:

    Murphy should play Versace himself!

    I remember this vividly – Cunanan started his spree in my state and I also had a co-worker who was a dead ringer for him.

  5. JFresh says:

    Could Vincent D’onofrio do Versace?

    And I’m kind of liking krabster’s idea of Krasinski as the guy who killed him

  6. LolaB says:

    Gianni looks like Phil Collins.

    • Zimmerman says:

      Yep, he kind of does. Can’t wait for this series. Loved the OJ version and Versace’s murder really hit hard! Still can’t believe it!

  7. Sasha says:

    Enrico Colantoni aka the guy that played Veronica Mars’ dad is a dead ringer for Gianni Versace

  8. Lorn says:

    Remember that guy from Just Shoot Me? I can’t remember his name but I always thought he looked just like Versace. I’ll go google…

  9. OrigialTessa says:

    Enrico Colantoni. Keith Mars. He’s a dead ringer and a fabulous actor.

  10. Adrien says:

    Cunanan was quite a looker when he was younger, far from the Fred Armisen look. Fred is too old and Cunanan’s Asian. Lewis Tan can play him. I just want to see more Lewis Tan so I will throw his name out each time they need an Asian guy for a role.

    • Sasha says:

      The closet person I can think of for Cunanan is Max Minghella- who I believe is of Chinese descent as well.

  11. Lucy says:

    I could see RM casting Darren Criss (Glee and AHS) as Cunanan…and I could see Darren doing a good job as him.

  12. jaisymaisy says:

    Please do not let John Travolta play Versace.

  13. isabelle says:

    Good choice because there is a lot to the story other than Versace’s muder. saw a doc on the guy that did it and had no idea he went on crime spree and murder rampage before he got to Versace.