BBC acquires UK rights for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson was an excellent series, retelling the OJ story in fine fashion. Ryan Murphy’s anthology series based on true, high-profile crimes looked set to continue with Katrina, a look at the hurricane in New Orleans, the devastation it caused and the almost Wild West criminal environment it produced. However, the American Crime Story (ACS) franchise has hit a few problems, with Katrina being shelved and Versace promoted to next in line. Thankfully the BBC announced that it had picked it up for broadcast in the UK.

We’ve been covering the ACS saga – and it has become a bit of a saga – ever since we heard that there was trouble with Katrina. Indeed, the latest is that the cast, including big names like Annette Bening, Dennis Quaid, and Matthew Broderick have been let go, and the source material on which it was based has been shelved and replaced. The very latest word is that it might not happen at all.

But that’s Katrina. We’re still hearing one of the ACS series in the future will be based around the Monica Lewinski affair, but in the meantime, we have Versace – another star-studded re-telling of a high-profile murder.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story follows the events surrounding the death of the legendary fashion designer in the summer of 1997. Its cast includes Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace, Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace (above), Darren Criss as serial killer Andrew Cunanan, and Ricky Martin as Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico.

Another one for your 2018 diaries…

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