This week during a panel with FX chairman John Landgraf at the virtual Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, it was announced that prolific producer Ryan Murphy’s American Story franchise will be expanded with two new shows and one series renewal.
The orders for American Sports Story and American Love Story in addition to the pickup of American Crime Stories has fueled questions about where Murphy will end up once his current $300 million deal with Netflix ends.
“Would I like it to happen? The answer is yes,” said Landgraf when asked if Disney could secure a new contract with Murphy. “Could it happen? I don’t have the answer to that question because it lies within the free market and within Ryan Murphy’s purview. He gets to decide where he makes his deal and what he does. From where I sit, he’s been extraordinarily productive for Netflix and obviously we’ve continued to work with him; I’m thrilled with the work he’s done with us. But it’s premature to speculate what will happen that far out. But if you’re asking me would I like Ryan to make his home at Disney, 20th and with Dana [Walden] and therefore FX, yes. I love working with him.”
Murphy left his longtime home at the Fox-turned-Disney owned 20th Television in 2018 after being approached by Netflix with a five-year, $300 million overall deal. Under the deal, the Glee creator has developed projects including The Prom, Pray Away, The Boys in the Band, The Politician, Hollywood, Halston and the forthcoming Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Ratched, which was his first show developed for Netflix, is produced by 20th TV. None have been as successful or well known as American Horror Story on FX, which the streamer’s contract allowed him to continue working on. AHS is now in its 10th season and has already been renewed through Season 13.
Impeachment: American Crime Story is due out in September, the fourth installment of the series, is already in the works with Studio 54. Landgraf mentioned that FX and Murphy are working together on “other Crime Story subjects that aren’t ready to be announced.” Murphy is quite the busy producer, also currently overseeing Fox’s 911 as well as its spinoff, Lone Star, via Disney’s 20th TV.
Netflix, which has been propping up Murphy’s upcoming Monster series, does have SVOD rights to both American Horror Story and American Crime Story which attract a lot of views on the platform.
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