The Real Versace Isn’t Crazy About ‘American Crime Story’ Season 3
Half the fun of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story lay in catching up with the real-life figures depicted in the series, a majority of which had positive feedback. That may not be the case for the announced third season, as the Versace organization dismisses Ryan Murphy’s take on the assassination of its founder as “a work of fiction.”
According to Women’s Wear Daily (just go with it), Versace issued a curt response to FX’s proposed third season of American Crime Story, which follows the 1997 murder of fashion icon Gianni Versace by Andrew Cunanan. Representatives insist the company “neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming series about Versace. The series should only be seen as a work of fiction.”
It seems this is something of a go-to line for the organization, who said of 2013 Lifetime movie House of Versace that it “neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace.” That film took inspiration from Deborah Ball’s 2010 book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival, of which the organization said “Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction.”
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but Versace also had thoughts on the upcoming Bille August film, starring Antonio Banderas as the famed designer: “[We] neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming movie about Versace. The movie should only be seen as a work of fiction.”
One would imagine Murphy might seek out a more official blessing when the time comes, as production of American Crime Story Season 3 is set to run concurrently with the second, Katrina-focused season in early 2017. In the meantime, stay tuned for the latest on either.