FX’s American Crime Story is releasing a series based on the life and death of Gianni Versace to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. The series will trace the assassination of the late designer and his murderer, Andrew Cunanan.
The upcoming series includes the details of Gianni’s close friends and family as well as his daily life. The presentation of the series uncovering the truth is not what concerns the family and Versace brand. The Italian fashion house released a public statement saying they have not been involved in the book or script to confirm information and events.
Back from an early breakfast, Gianni was shot fatally outside his Miami Beach Mansion in 1997. According to Vanity Fair’s Maureen Orth’s book, Vulgar Favors, it was the largest failed manhunt in the U.S. The search led Cunanan to commit suicide after the police came close to capturing him.
“Since Versace has not authorized the book from which it is partially drawn and has not taken part in writing the script, the TV series must be considered a work of fiction,” said the fashion house in a statement.
The series is based on Orth’s book which was written in 1999. According to the statement, the family had no say in the book as well.
The family is not proceeding with any legal action; however, FX released a statement, defending Ryan Murphy’s references used in the series. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth’s heavily research and authenticated non-fiction best seller Vulgar Favors which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan,” read the statement.
The series premieres on Wed. Jan. 17, at 10 p.m. on FX.