After tackling the infamous O.J. Simpson trial, Ryan Murphy is bringing fans another American Crime Story focused on the murder of Gianni Versace, and FX finally shared exactly when it's airing. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story's premiere date is Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. After FX shared the news on Twitter, fans immediately started sharing their excitement that the second installment of the series was coming to the small screen very, very soon.
While there was a lot of people writing how they can't wait until the premiere, which will be directed by Murphy, one person tweeted, "JANUARY 17TH CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH." Another wrote, "YES. finally, it's been so long without the show, i'm sooo excited." Someone else just posted an Oprah Winfrey GIF in which Winfrey's giving an emotional head nod to show her approval. Clearly, this fan approves, too.
There were others who weren't just excited about the premiere date, but the image FX used to announce it. The promo photo is of Versace's murderer Andrew Cunanan, played by Glee's Darren Criss, bathed in purple light as he stands staring at the big metal gates in front of Versace's Miami Beach, Florida mansion, where ACS is reportedly being filmed.
It's a menacing image, being that Cunanan gunned Versace down in front of his home on July 15, 1997, but it's also a striking one that had one person tweeting in all-caps, "We need posters." While another simply wrote, "Thanks for blessing us @darrencriss."
For those that wanted to see more of Criss, this limited series, written by Tom Rob Smith, also dropped a new teaser for ACS: Versace on Twitter that featured him in a neon pink Speedo. The 30-second clip, which teased, "A troubled path. A dangerous obsession," is a creepy look at Criss' Cunanan haunting the famous fashion designer, played by Edgar Ramirez.
Versace is seen sleeping poolside, only to come out of his slumber and find Criss as Cunanan right above him, staring him down. There is no dialogue, but you don't need words to know how frightening it would be to have Cunanan turn your dreams into a nightmare. Like the first ACS: Versace teaser that dropped two months ago, this one, once again, shows the tone the show is taking is both intense and artful.
There is certainly no shortage of intensity when it comes to the story of Versace's death, but this series may give us more insight on the man who killed him. According to Deadline, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will be based on the book, Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History by Maureen Orth. The series is set to feature both the days leading up to Versace's death and the manhunt that followed for the then 27-year-old Cunanan.
Versace, who was 50 at the time of his death, was reportedly Cunanan's fifth and final victim of a three-month killing spree that landed him on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, according to the Washington Post.
Last year, Murphy told Entertainment Weekly he was "always very moved and freaked out by the Versace assassination." As Murphy said, "The tragedy of the Versace murder was that it should not have happened." What makes this story so moving and disturbing is that Cunanan's motives have remained a mystery in the years since the shooting. Cunanan took his life eight days after killing Versace as the cops moved in to capture him leaving many questions unanswered, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Will ACS: Versace try and answer them? That's to be determined, but it's clear from the casting that the series is looking to be as accurate as it can. Seriously, Penelope Cruz is the perfect choice to play Gianni's sister, Donatella Versace. This likely means this American Crime Story will be hard to watch, but that likely won't stop people from doing so when it airs early next year.