According to Deadline, the family of Gianni Versace have released a statement denouncing Ryan Murphy’s latest scandal-based television offering. Needless to say, they won’t be throwing an The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story viewing party in their mansion when it premieres next week.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace is based on the 1999 true crime book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth. The Versace family didn’t authorize Maureen to write that book, and they didn’t authorize Ryan Murphy to make the TV series about it either.
“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.”
This probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise; Donatella Versace told WWD back in November that, despite Penelope Cruz being a friend, she still had no plans to watch the show.
It didn’t take long for FX to slap back at the Versace family with their own statement. FX doesn’t appreciate the Versace family’s implication that The Assassination of Gianni Versace is about as real as a Versace scarf bought at a swap meet.
“Like the original American Crime Story series The People Vs OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s non-fiction 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 non-fiction best seller Vulgar Favors which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”
So there you have it. The Versace family believes FX is peddling fantasy, and FX swears it’s all facts. All I am sure of is that Lady Gaga is totally going to end up back in the running to play Donatella Versace. Because someone will have to play Donatella when FX inevitably green lights a series about Ryan Murphy vs. all the people who have disputed the truth in his television shows.
Here are a few pictures of Édgar Ramírez (Gianni), Penelope Cruz (Donatella), Darren Criss (Andrew Cunanan), and Ricky Martin (Antonio D’Amico) at the premiere of The Assassination of Gianni Versace in Hollywood last night.