Versace's Family Speaks Out Against Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story

The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Ryan Muphy's critically-acclaimed anthology series American Crime Story is set to tackle the murder of Gianni Versace but not everyone is happy about it. Versace's family is speaking out against The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the latest iteration of the series, saying it should be treated as fiction.

People walk past a giant poster advertising the "American Crime Story - The Assassination of Gianni Versace" tv series in Milan, Italy, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The Versace family said they have not authorized or participated in the production of what should be considered a fiction.

FX had no immediate comment when reached by Deadline this morning. He was 50. The assailant was Andrew Cunanan, who killed five people in all in a spree that ended when he committed suicide a week after killing Versace.

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Based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth, Versace, which premieres January 17, opens with the murder of the designer, played by Edgar Ramirez, by Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) in 1997 but also explores Gianni's relationship with sister Donatella (Penelope Cruz) and longtime partner Antonio D'Amico (Ricky Martin).

This means that the second installment of "American Crime Story" will just focus on the lives of the fashion designer, portrayed by Edgar Ramirez, as well as his highly popular sister Donatella Versace, played by Penelope Cruz. "I did have one conversation that was very important for me and that was between she and I", said Cruz.

Murphy directed the first episode of ACS and executive produces with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Alexis Martin Woodall, Dan Minahan, Smith, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

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