American Crime Story Versace Katrina

American Crime Story Shuffle: Versace to Air Next, as Katrina Start Is Delayed

American Crime Story is flipping the scripts on its next two installments.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace will now air as the acclaimed FX anthology series’ second season, ahead of the Katrina edition, our sister site Deadline reports.

Originally, Versace — which is already in production — was expected to shoot first but air after Katrina, which was experiencing a delay due to creative and logistical reasons, FX President John Landgraf told TVLine at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

“It’s just taken us time, frankly, to get material we’re happy with [for Katrina],” Landgraf explained back in January. Additionally, “when you’re shooting in New Orleans, you have to worry about hurricanes. You can only shoot there during certain times of the year.”

Filming on Katrina has now been pushed to early 2018 and talks are underway with stars Annette Bening, Dennis Quaid and Matthew Broderick to secure their availability for the new production timeline.

Versace — which is slated to premiere in early 2018 — centers on the July 1997 assassination of iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace (The Bourne Ultimatum‘s Édgar Ramirez) on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Glee‘s Darren Criss). The cast also includes Penélope Cruz (as Versace’s sister Donatella) and Ricky Martin (as Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico).

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19 Comments
  1. rinaex says:

    Good. I was a lot more excited about this project than the Katrina one.

    • peterwdawson says:

      Yeah, Katrina could be hard to do right. I mean say what you want about Bush (or any President, really), it’ll be hard to cover without making it look like you’re excusing the mistakes made or trying to make sure he’s judged a villain for this act, so extra time to try and get it done as carefully as possible to minimize political outrage (there’s gonna be plenty, no question), though it may be a fool’s errand.

      • Adam says:

        It’s weird since it is unclear who it can really focus on. There’s the federal government officials, but that’s one side. On the other side you have…the people of New Orleans, and who do you focus on there? Since ‘American Crime Story’ is true crime and doesn’t use fictional characters, who is going to be the vantage point?

        • peterwdawson says:

          I’m just hoping they acknowledge that other states also got messed up. I mean, New Orleans is considered a cultural keystone of the US (or something along those lines), but didn’t a huge amount of damage also get done to Mississippi?

      • rinaex says:

        Yes, there’s a lot about Katrina that could be problematic, which is probably why they’re having such a hard time with it.

    • LizWebberFan says:

      Same. I was more excited for “season 3” anyway.

  2. fernando933 says:

    I knew this was going to happen, way to much hype, news, and casting over this one then Katrina

  3. Adam says:

    Ok, but the hurricane portion of the excuse is weird. Do you really have to be that worried about hurricanes? And are they filming the Versace season in Miami? Because Miami is more in the pathway of hurricanes than New Orleans – a hurricane coming from the Atlantic would need to pass Miami before getting to New Orleans.

  4. Brian says:

    Not at all surprised by this news. All we kept hearing about the the Versace one and hardly anything about Katrina. And i’m glad because i’m way more pumped to watch the Versace story.

  5. Haz says:

    It honestly made no sense to air Katrina before this one considering it was already filming. Honestly I could care less if the Katrina season gets made period. Landgraf comment about shooting in New Orleans make me wonder if this will be focused on why the flood walls and levees failed or is it going to be a Bush bashing season.

  6. T.W.S.S. says:

    Thank you. This has been an obvious decision for months.

  7. John036 says:

    Any word if the delayed filming for Katrina will affect the already cast roles?

  8. Rachel says:

    I seriously thought Annette was holding a bunch of bacon in that picture.

  9. dude says:

    This made more sense as the follow up for OJ. I’d be a lot more excited about the Katrina installment, if they focused on what happened at Memorial Hospital.

  10. iHeart says:

    good because they were filming versace first for some reason

  11. I don’t understand why they’re doing katrina as a crime story in the first place; to me, it screams more as a natural tragedy than a crime. It’s no wonder why they’re having a hard time finding material for it.

  12. Daniel says:

    The reasons for not starting production are BS. Hurricanes? How can NCIS: Nola shoot from July-March/April every season? They dont have the material… or they got, and its crap… so they’re blaming the non-existent weather. If you don’t have good enough material to bring to screen, cancel the production.