Ryan Murphy has been quietly dishing out the goods on the still-mysterious American Horror Story season 8. You just have to know where to look.
The latest intel comes from a recent interview the series creator gave to The Hollywood Reporter, in which he divulges he’s “throwing in” Joan Collins to the mix of actors that already includes Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, and Sarah Paulson. Murphy also said he’s “interested” in bringing on Anjelica Huston, though the jury’s still out on that one.
Collins, best known for her role on the original Dynasty, has been recently seen on The Royals, sashaying about as The Grand Duchess Alexandra of Oxford. But her career also maintains some highlights in the horror genre. Back in the 1970s, she appeared in films like Dark Places, I Don’t Want to Be Born, and Empire of the Ants.
Tales From the Crypt‘s “And All Through the House” segment bears a Collins role, as does Tales That Witness Madness.
Of course, her role in American Horror Story is still TBD. “Kathy and Sarah Paulson have a lot of great stuff to get to do,” Murphy had told EW of season 8. “So, with Evan Peters, the three of them are the leads this year.”
Other than that, we know that Murphy wants to go to the “future,” but clarified “not space.” He also teased Paulson will be wearing “dental appliances.” As for those rumors of a Radioactive theme, he told EW it was “an interesting idea,” but he would “neither confirm nor deny” its validity.
“I pitched [the theme] to [FX chief] John Landgraf today right after his TCA panel, and he loved it, but he’s asked me not to say what it is,” Murphy remarked during the Television Critics Association tour. “I told him and he fell out of his chair with joy. I think people will like it, it’s different from what we’ve done before, but I always try and do the opposite of what I’ve done on that show.”
Elsewhere in the Murphy-verse, the Emmy winner told THR he’s no longer developing that Monica Lewinsky-themed season of American Crime Story. “I told her, ‘Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do. If you want to produce it with me, I would love that; but you should be the producer and you should make all the goddamn money,'” he said.
Last time we checked, the plan following the finale of The Assassination of Gianni Versace was to tackle Katrina, which was revamped to replace Annette Bening with Sarah Paulson as the lead. Bening was to play Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, but the book on which the new story is based doesn’t feature Blanco, as Bening previously explained.
“There were a couple of major books written about Katrina that were completely brilliant and thorough and thoughtful, and one of them is called Five Days at Memorial,” she said. “So I think he decided that he would just focus on the story by telling it that way.”
Murphy, however, noted, “I am not in a rush to move forward with anything unless it’s perfect. So we’ll see what’s next for that.”