Less than 10 days before its premiere, the fashion family wants viewers to know that this season of FX’s crime anthology, which examines the murder of Gianni Versace, was not done with its blessing.
On Monday, the family said The Assassination Of Gianni Versace should be considered as only a “work of fiction,” writing in a statement:
“The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace. Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.”
A slap in the face to Ryan Murphy.
The family’s gripe mostly comes from the source material: Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth‘s book about the murder, Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History — a nonfiction the Versaces also did NOT authorize.
But FX is standing by it’s use of the “heavily researched” best-seller. The studio said in response:
“Like the original American Crime Story series The People vs. OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s nonfiction bestseller The Run of His Life, FX’s follow-up The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth’s heavily researched and authenticated nonfiction best-seller Vulgar Favors, which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”
FX has Ryan’s back!
Such a statement from the family wasn’t exactly shocking, given that the Versaces did not give costume designer Lou Eyrich any support in designing the wardrobe for the season. Without a thread from the family, Eyrich instead bought hundreds of vintage Versace from dealers around the world.
Will you be watching the piece of *fiction* when Versace premieres January 17 on FX?