American Horror Story Season 6 will be child’s play.
During the FX drama’s PaleyFest panel on Sunday, executive producer Ryan Murphy revealed to the crowd that he’s mulling two childlike concepts for the next installment of the horror anthology series.
“The interesting thing about this season is we’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done,” he said. “So I don’t want to say what it maybe is…. Both things that we’re writing right now – we haven’t declared a winner – will have a different form, so we’re excited about that. We’ll talk about it soon, but we haven’t landed on it yet.”
Murphy added that both conceits include “elements of children.”
“If you look at horror tropes, the innocence of children, that sort of wide-eyed entryway into some world is always very dramatic and satisfying,” he explained.
Murphy went on to extend a Season 6 invite to “every darling” cast member in attendance (i.e. Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Angela Bassett, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Cheyenne Jackson, Finn Wittrock), although Lady Gaga remains the only AHS vet officially on board for the new cycle.
FX boss John Landgraf previously told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena that Season 6 would be “set in the present” with “echoes of the past” mixed in.
“It’s set in two time periods,” he added, “but principally in the present.”
American Horror Story Season 6 will bow next fall.