Did you watch the first season of American Crime Story?
The series had to be considered "an act of fiction", it said, given it drew inspiration from a book that was not authorised - Maureen Orth's "Vulgar favours".
In under two weeks time, Ryan Murphy will make his second foray into the world of true crime with The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
Interestingly, the statement was quite clear that the Versace family was not connected to either the show's adaptation of events or the book upon which parts of the season will be based. "In making her lurid claims, she ignores contrary information provided by members of Mr. Versace's family, who lived and worked closely with him and were in the best position to know the facts of his life".
FX and those behind the show used Maureen Orth's Vulgar Favors as the base of the series, and also stood by its production in a statement. "Of all the possible portrayals of his life and legacy, it is sad and reprehensible that the producers have chosen to present the distorted and bogus version created by Maureen Orth".
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"I made that phone call to her because when Ryan (Murphy) called me, I said to him, 'I have all the reasons to say yes to this, an fantastic project, ' and I heard that he was going to do it with respect for the family - that was important for me", she explains to news show Extra.
Apparently, the family of Gianni Versace had no involvement in how The Assassination of Gianni Versace is going to unfold on FX, and so the series should be regarded as fiction by viewers. (The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) was based on a non-fiction book by Jeffrey Toobin.
"Now I just hope that all the love that I put into that performance - I do love her and all the people that work with her - and respect and admiration, all of that is there, I hope she will see that", the actress shares. Maureen Orth is an impeccable reporter and we stand by her reporting.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres January 17 on FX. In spite of the fashion house's claims, the "Glee" and "American Horror Story" producer his latest project is "a work of non-fiction obviously with docudrama elements".
The show's big-name stars are Penélope Cruz as Versace's sister Donatella and Ricky Martin as his longtime partner Antonio D'Amico, but Criss dominates every episode, and the entire middle stretch of the season features virtually no appearances from Versace or his associates.