Ryan Murphy Responds to the Versace Familys Criticism of American Crime Story

Govt producer Ryan Murphy tells EW that the upcoming The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is “not a piece of fiction” regardless of what the Versace household asserted in an announcement on Monday.

“The Versace household has mentioned it’s a piece of fiction—it isn’t a piece of fiction,” Murphy tells EW. “[The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story] was primarily based on a non-fiction e book by Jeffrey Toobin. Versace is predicated on a non-fiction e book by Maureen Orth that has been mentioned and dissected and vetted for near 20 years. She labored for Self-importance Honest. Maureen Orth is an impeccable reporter and we stand by her reporting. Our present is predicated on her reporting so, in that approach, it isn’t a piece of fiction, it’s a piece of non-fiction clearly with docudrama parts. We’re not making a documentary.”


On Monday, the Versace household launched an announcement criticizing the extremely anticipated new mini-series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which premieres Jan. 17 on FX. The collection begins with the homicide of Gianni (Edgar Ramirez) by the hands of Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) but additionally showcases the designer’s relationship with sister Donatella (Penelope Cruz), who at present runs the worldwide model.

“The Versace household has neither licensed nor had any involvement in any respect within the forthcoming TV collection concerning the demise of Mr. Gianni Versace,” the style home mentioned. “Since Versace didn’t authorize the e book on which it’s partly primarily based nor has it taken half within the writing of the screenplay, this TV collection ought to solely be thought-about as a piece of fiction.”

However as Murphy says, “On Sunday, Donatella Versace very graciously despatched Penelope Cruz a stunning and big flower association saying ‘good luck’ as a result of Penelope was on the Golden Globes representing our present. Then, there’s the truth that after I supplied the position to Penelope, she mentioned, ‘Okay I’m however I’m mates with Donatella and I’m not going to do it except Donatella is cool with it.’ So she known as Donatella.”

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He provides, “I made it clear to Penelope and to Donatella that under no circumstances would I ever share scripts or give data as a result of we didn’t try this. We didn’t try this with Folks vs. O.J. and we didn’t try this with Feud. I’m by no means going to try this. Penelope would by no means have finished something that was displaying Donatella or that household in a nasty gentle. What the present does, prefer it did for Marcia Clark on O.J., it exhibits Donatella in a real feminist gentle as a feminist hero. She out of the blue was put in one of many worst conditions an individual can endure and he or she did endure. Not solely did she hold her household collectively however she stored this billion greenback enterprise collectively and nonetheless has.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace debuts Jan. 17 on FX.


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