11:12am PT by Jackie Strause
'American Horror Story: 1984': All the Season 9 Details (So Far)
Shortly after FX promised "many more" cycles of American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy started to roll out some news for the forthcoming ninth season.
During the network's Television Critics Association's winter press tour, FX CEO John Landgraf told reporters that Murphy has shared his idea for season nine with the team, but declined to divulge any details about the premise. Since then, Murphy has revealed the official title to be AHS: 1984.
Below, The Hollywood Reporter rounds up all the confirmed details for AHS' ninth season and will continue to update this post as they drop. AHS will return in the fall; the anthology typically premieres in September, though a premiere date has yet to be released.
Murphy revealed the title — AHS: 1984 — with a clip that invokes slasher horror films from the '80s, particularly the Friday the 13th franchise, which launched in 1980 and saw serial killer Jason Voorhees terrorizing a group of counselors at the overnight Camp Crystal Lake. The year 1984 welcomed a slew of classic horrors to the big screen — including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Children of the Corn and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter — and would provide Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk with a deep bench of horror classics to reference for the newest season.
The first officially confirmed returning castmember is Emma Roberts. Murphy revealed only that Roberts — who has appeared in four AHS cycles, including the most recent crossover season, Apocalypse, where she reprised her beloved Coven witch Madison Montgomery — will be returning and that her boyfriend will be played by franchise newcomer and Olympic freestyle skier and silver medalist Gus Kenworthy.
However, it is safe to assume that leading lady Sarah Paulson will also return. She and Evan Peters have appeared in every cycle of AHS, though Peters has indicated he plans to take a season off in recent interviews. When speaking to THR after her Emmy nomination for AHS' seventh season, Cult, Paulson — who is also collaborating with Murphy for the Netflix series Ratched — said of AHS: "I want to be doing this show until I'm 95. They're going to have to drag me out of there kicking and screaming. That being said, I have no idea what Ryan's plans are for me. It's tantamount to me walking in and saying, 'Do you want me to go left or right?' and then whatever he says, I will just go there. (Laughs.) So I don't know what his plans are for me as it pertains to Horror Story, but there will be crawl marks on the walls from them trying to drag me out if they ever ask me to go."
Initially, Murphy, who co-created AHS with Brad Falchuk, said he planned to make the ninth season his big crossover cycle with the Coven witches. That plan instead came to fruition, in part, with season eight's Coven-Murder House crossover and in December, he teased that the witches would return once again. "Not next season, but we have something really fun planned," he said of season nine. Murphy typically holds plot details close to the chest, though he was more forthright about the nostalgic news around Apocalypse.
Given the 1984 title and clip: Could season nine be a horror slasher inspired by classic films from the decade? AHS has always played with time by using flashbacks as major story threads and also taking small jumps to the future to tie up seasons. The franchise traveled backwards to set seasons in the past (the 1960s for Asylum and 1950s with Freak Show) and most recently jumped to the future in a major way with Apocalypse, but this would be the first cycle to tackle the nostalgia of the horror movie-filled 1980s. Indeed, all AHS seasons are connected within the same universe, but the 1980s remains relatively untouched in AHS lore and could provide Murphy and Co. with an opportunity to reinvigorate the long-running series.
The Future of AHS
The FX mainstay (which is now a Disney property) was renewed through season 10 after news broke that the network's prolific producer would be moving to Netflix in a mega five-year deal. Though more seasons of Murphy's other series, Feud and American Crime Story, are still in the works, Pose and AHS are on schedule. Beyond a 10th season, Landgraf said during the TCA press tour, "It's up to how long [Ryan] wants to keep going and how many years he has inspired ideas."