Having staked his claim in horror, Ryan Murphy is now turning his attentions to crime. FX announced today that it has ordered American Crime Story, a new anthology series from the American Horror Story creator, for a 10-episode first season focusing on the O.J. Simpson trial.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, based on Jeffrey Toobin’s The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, will look at the Simpson trial from the viewpoint of the lawyers. According to a press release, the season “explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.”
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who scripted The People vs. Larry Flynt, are writing the first two hours of the miniseries and are also signed on to executive produce along with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, and Murphy, who will direct. “This is an exciting project for me as I’ve been looking for the right property which could serve as an extension of the American Horror Story brand I love so much,” Murphy said in a statement. “The O.J. case was as tragic as it was fascinating—it seemed like everyone had a stake in the outcome. It was really the beginning of the modern tabloid age.”