Wow, this is sort of out of left field (like everything Ryan Murphy does) but I can’t wait to see where it goes. You’ll recall that we first reported on Murphy’s new series (one of several, actually) American Crime Story just a few months ago. Back then we only knew that it would focus on the O.J. Simpson trial (specifically the book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin) and that the scripts for the first two episodes would be written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People Vs. Larry Flynt) instead of by Murphy and his producing/writing partner Brad Falchuk (I’d be happy if Alexander and Karaszewski wrote all ten).
Now it has been revealed that Cuba Gooding Jr. will play Simpson with Murphy regular Sarah Paulson portraying the prosecutor on the case, Marcia Clark. Hit the jump for more on American Crime Story.
It has also been revealed that “Murphy developed American Crime Series to focus each season on a different true crime story which made headlines and captivated the imagination of the public.” This is all well and good and makes a lot of sense since it’s quite similar to sister series American Horror Story in the manner in which it has each season tackle entirely different subjects.
One of my primary questions centers around the biographical nature of the story. American Horror Story is notoriously bad at finding anything interesting to do beyond the 5th episode of any of its seasons (actually, the first season worked almost the whole way through, so I’ll grant points on that). How will Murphy deal with something that has a built-in ending? I almost wish Alexander and Karaszewski were writing the final two episodes, just to be sure. Murphy knows how to start a story well in my opinion, but never knows how to wrap them up. Perhaps American Crime Story will provide him with the template that he needs?