It’s examined the O.J. Simpson case (People v. O.J.) and Hurricane Katrina (Katrina) but for its third season, Ryan Murphy’s anthology series American Crime Story focuses on the murder of Gianni Versace.
The ten-episode series, titled Versace/Cunanan, will take an in-depth look at the events of 15 July 1997 when the Italian fashion designer was shot dead on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who shot himself eight days later.
It is understood that the series will be based on 2000 book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth and while the cast has not yet been confirmed, Deadline reports that an “A-list actress” is in negotiations to play Gianni’s sister, Donatella.
Of course Gianni holds a very important place within contemporary fashion history thanks to his sense of luxury, glamour and disregard for conventional notions of good taste – and he pretty much invented the idea of the supermodel.
And it’s not the only title about the designer in the works – in July, it was announced that Billie August is directing a film about his life and death, with Zorro actor (and recent Central Saint Martins grad) Antonio Banderas playing the lead role. Needless to say this title, like The House of Versace before it, is being made without the company’s consent. “(It) has neither authorised nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming movie about Versace,” a representative told WWD. “The movie should only be seen as a work of fiction.”