"American Crime Story" Season Three Will Focus On Gianni Versace's Murder

The iconic designer was killed by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997.

FX has renewed American Crime Story for a third season, which will tackle the shocking 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

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Italian fashion designers Gianni (1946 - 1997) and Donatella Versace at the launch for their new fragrance 'Versace's Blonde', USA, circa 1996. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

The script will be based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth. The Italian-born designer was killed on the steps of his Miami mansion by Cunanan, who killed four others and eventually took his own life as a police manhunt closed in.

Donatella Versace is heavily featured in the story, and producers are reportedly in talks with an A-list actress to play her on the show. (Gianni's sister was portrayed by Gina Gershon in the 2013 TV movie House of Versace.)

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Before that, Crime Story's second season will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But executives reportedly loved the Versace/Cunanan script so much that they plan to shoot the second and third seasons simultaneously.

American Crime Story's first season, The People v. O.J. Simpson, was a critical success, picking up 10 Emmy awards earlier this year.

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