Did you watch the first season of American Crime Story? I have to admit, I watched the Ford Bronco being chased live on television for it was all that was on. But that was in my childhood. We all had a front row seat to the mess that was unfolding. I was amazed that so much more was able to be brought to the small screen.
I was also alive when the gay designer Gianni Versace was murdered/assassinated at the hands of Andrew Cunanan in 1997. I also remember the coverage and media around this horrific case was quite large, too.
Now Hollywood takes aim at the Versace murder. Edgar Ramirez will play Gianni Versace, while Darren Criss will play Cunanan. Ricky Martin stars as Versace’s partner, Antonio D’Amico.
Yes, I'm looking forward to this season more so than the last one. Ryan Myrphy has based his interpretation of the incidents partly on Maureen Orth’s 1999 book called Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in US History.
With the OJ series, we heard comments from many sides about accuracy, quality, and what was not covered. Now we're hearing the Versace family speak up as they break their silence.
Yes, not everything can be as exactly as it happened and the family states that they see where the production and Murphy used their artistic license in their depiction of events. Maybe it would have been more accurate if the Versace family has been involved or authorized anything to do with the TV series, but they said they have not had any input into the project. They also added that they did not have any involvement in the Orth book which the series is based on so by default, the family states that both the book and the series are works of fiction.
How does Fox 21 Television, FX Productions, and Ryan Murphy feel about the family's statement? Fox and FX released a statement pointing out that:
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, is based on Maureen Orth’s heavily researched and authenticated non-fiction best seller ˜Vulgar Favors which examined the true-life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms Orth. – gcn.ie
What can you do! We had known that Penelope Cruz had reached out to Donatella Versace once she received the part. Cruz informed press that Donatella said that if somebody was going to play her, she was happy that it was me. Cruz said the story treated the family respectfully.
Will you watch when FX's American Crime Story season two premieres on January 17th.