The second installment of FX’s “American Crime Story” franchise (“Katrina”) hasn’t even aired yet but pre-production on season three, “Versace,” is well under way. On Friday (April 7), it was announced that Grammy winner Ricky Martin is to portray Antonio D’Amico, the longtime partner of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez). Versace fell victim to serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) in 1997. Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is to portray Gianni’s sister Donatella Versace. Production is scheduled to begin later this month and the series will air sometime in 2018.
“The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the first edition of the popular franchise from producers from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, earned critical acclaim and swept the Emmys. It took home nine awards including Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actor for Courtney B. Vance (as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran), Best Movie/Mini Actress for Sarah Paulson (as lead prosecutor Marcia Clark), and Best Supporting Actor for Sterling K. Brown (as prosecuting attorney Chris Darden).
Versace was shot outside of his Miami Beach mansion on July 15, 1997. In all, Cunanan is known to have killed five people over the course of a three-month period; the 27-year-old then committed suicide eight days after Versace’s murder. This new installment of the FX anthology series is based on Maureen Orth‘s book “Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.”
For its second season, “Katrina: American Crime Story” will explore Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, based on Douglas Brinkley‘s book “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Annette Bening will star as Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco, while Matthew Broderick has been cast as FEMA Director Michael D. Brown. What do you think of the “American Crime Story” cast announcement? Discuss this and more TV news in our fun forums.