American Crime Story has been renewed for a third season, before season two has even started shooting.
Season one of the crime anthology series, The People v. O. J. Simpson, told the story of the notorious O. J. Simpson murder trial of 1994-5. It aired earlier this year to enormous acclaim and later won nine Emmys including acting prizes for Sterling K. Brown, Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance.
Season two is due to start shooting in early 2017 and will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Douglas Brinkley’s book, The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, will be used as the main source material.
Now Deadline has learned that FX has ordered a third season of American Crime Story, reportedly titled Versace/Cunanan. It will be based on the infamous 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami mansion.
Serial killer Andrew Cunanan committed the murder and killed himself eight days later as police were pursuing him.
Shooting is due to start in the spring, which means an overlap with season two’s filming, though season three will not air until 2018. Casting has yet to be announced, but an “A-list actress” is said to be in negotiations to play Donatella Versace, sister of the late Gianni.