'American Crime Story' Renewed for Versace-Themed Season 3

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FX is not wasting any time in renewing its crown jewel.

The cable network has handed out an early renewal for Ryan Murphy anthology American Crime Story, with the third season set to explore the July 1997 assassination of legendary designer Gianni Versace. His killer, Andrew Cunanan, committed suicide eight days later as Miami Dade police were on the verge of capturing the serial killer behind five slayings. The 10-episode third season will likely run in 2018.

The renewal comes well ahead of the second season of the anthology, which is poised to explore Hurricane Katrina.

American Crime Story season three, produced by Fox 21, will be based on Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth's book Vulgar Favors, with Tom Rob Smith set to pen at least the first two episodes of season three.

Versace/Cunanan and Katrina will film concurrently in early 2017. Katrina will still air first, followed by Versace/Cunanan.

The early pickup comes after Murphy won an Emmy for directing the series debut of People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, with the show going on to win 13 total Emmys and helping FX leap into second place among networks, hot on leader HBO's heels. Murphy also is poised to direct the season-two premiere. Producers are currently meeting with actors for the lead roles in Versace/Cunanan.

American Crime Story is Murphy's fourth anthology series. He currently is behind FX's American Horror Story, the upcoming Feud and Fox's Scream Queens