The FX true crime anthology, American Crime Story returns Wednesday night for its second season. Based on journalist Maureen Orth’s book, it will explore the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace covers the before, during, and after of Gianni Versace’s murder by spree killer Andrew Cunanan on the steps of Versace’s South Beach residence back in 1997. The case itself is famous and the show doesn’t dance around delivering the ugly deed. While the big death happens relatively early on, Versace’s end is only the starting point for the way the show is telling this story. Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) targets world-renowned fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) at his home, and his death shocks the world. Gianni’s sister Donatella (the magnificent Penelope Cruz) and partner Antonio D’Amico (Ricky Martin) occupy important parts in Versace’s life before and after his death, but they’re not always on the same page.
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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story isn’t what you might expect.
Stylish and vivid, violent and colorful, the newest installment of FX’s American Crime Story anthology series (Wednesday, 10 ET/PT, ★★★½ out of four) is not a courtroom drama like 2016’s The People v. O.J. Simpson. Nor is it really the story of the death of Gianni Versace, the famed fashion designer who was shot dead on the steps of his Miami Beach villa in 1997.
Instead, the nine-episode series, from executive producers Ryan Murphy and Tom Rob Smith, based on the book Vulgar
“American Crime Story” faced a daunting challenge in following up the compulsive appeal of “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The result, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” carves out its own distinctive approach to another high-profile, salacious murder without, perhaps inevitably, wearing the mantle quite as well.
To their credit, the producers have demonstrated the format’s elasticity by delving into the 1997 slaying of Versace, the famed fashion designer, as part of a killing spree by Andrew Cunanan.
Working from Maureen Orth’s book “Vulgar Favors,” the narrative jumps around in time, filling in bits and pieces of the story out of sequence, in a manner that galvanizes attention and gradually builds in intensity.
The show’s point of view, however, unfolds pretty squarely from the perspective of Cunanan, a compulsive liar and hustler whose grandiose vision of himself and pangs of economic anxiety triggered his tragic behavior.
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Donatella Versace (Penelope Cruz), in mourning for her screentime, in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
“It was a political murder. It absolutely was. This was a person who targeted people specifically to shame them and to out them and to have a form of payback for a life that he felt he could not live.”
That’s Ryan Murphy, executive producer of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (starts Wednesday, FX Canada, 10 p.m.). The nine-part series, which follows on Murphy’s extraordinary and award-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson, is a true-crime thriller of outstanding suppleness in storytelling.
In his remark about “political murder,” Murphy was responding to a quibble about the title. See, the series is really about Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), who killed Versace and four other men. Much of it is about Cunanan scheming and lying his way into people’s lives and then murdering them. Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) was just the famous one. It’s also about the hunt to
American Crime Story is back for a second season Wednesday on FX. And after tackling the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 2016, Ryan Murphy’s truw-crime anthology drama turns to the shocking murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997.
Set in Miami, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, depicts how serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) shot Versace (Edgar Ramirez) outside his Miami mansion and the repercussions that followed the death of one of fashion’s biggest names.
The life, death and legacy of Versace have been adapted in film and television before, but never to this extent. Here’s why Versace is so revered 20 years after his murder.
Who was Gianni Versace?
Versace was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, on December 2, 1946. By the age of 26, he began working in fashion design in Milan
In 1997, I read a newspaper article about a 27-year-old gay man from a posh private school in La Jolla, California, who was on the lam, wanted for four murders in three states. Vanity Fair assigned me to profile him, and the issue with my story in it was almost at the printer when news broke that Andrew Cunanan, the man I’d been tracking, had gunned down the fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion. Suddenly, Cunanan—and the spectacularly failed manhunt for him, which ended with his suicide eight days after Versace’s murder—was a national obsession, and I re-wrote my article, then expanded it into a book, Vulgar Favors: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Both are now, in turn, the basis of Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, set to premiere on FX on January 17.
Cunanan, who was driven to
Watch the OFFICIAL TRAILER for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The next installment of FX’s award-winning original series premieres January 17th. Subscribe now for more American Crime Story clips: http://bit.ly/SubscribeFX Inspired by actual events, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is the second installment of FX’s award-winning limited series, American Crime Story. Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tom Rob Smith, Dan Minahan, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are Executive Producers of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. It is written by Tom Rob Smith, and Ryan Murphy directed the premiere episode of the series, which stars Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. FX’s first installment of ACS, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, garnered 9 Emmy Awards while