Although American Crime Story is telling another true crime story for its second season, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace (director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton) will take some liberties with history just like The People v. O.J. Simpson (executive producer: Nina Jacobson) did. The new season, premiering on Jan. 17, will attempt to explain why Andrew Cunanan killed Gianni Versace in Miami Beach on July 15, 1997.
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace (associate producer: Linda Favila) is based on the book, Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History by Vanity Fair journalist Maureen Orth. Vulgar Favors is touted as non-fiction and is based on a significant amount of reporting. In Orth’s original 1997 Vanity Fair article about Cunanan, she reported that he had been on a murder spree, and that it ended with the renowned fashion designer.