Ryan Murphy Signs on to 'American Crime Story: Studio 54'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday August 16, 2021

Ryan Murphy
Ryan Murphy  (Source:Associated Press)

Mere weeks before the premiere of "Impeachment," the third season of Ryan Murphy's "American Crime Story" anthology series, word has dropped about a fourth: "Studio 54," Deadline reports.

Though Murphy had spoken about his idea for a season of "American Crime Story" dealing with the story of Studio 54 earlier this summer, FX confirmed on Aug. 13 "that the fourth installment of the series is in development," the Deadline story said.

"Studio 54: American Crime Story" is planned to "tell the story of Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, who in 1977 turned their Midtown Manhattan disco into an international mecca of nightlife for the rich and famous and commoners alike — renowned for its lavish parties, music, sex and open drug use," Deadline writes.

The high-fling times were short-lived; the pair "were convicted of tax fraud," Deadline recalled.

"When I was a child, in Indiana, getting the Liz Smith column in the Indianapolis Star, reading about it, I'm like, 'Oh! I wanna go there,' " Murphy told Deadline. "I love what it's about. I love that time and place. But I also feel like, it's a story of excess and a story of two guys who had a dream and took the dream too far and paid for it."

Murphy is a prolific producer of television and streaming content, much of it LGBTQ+-themed. His recent projects include Netflix projects "Halston," "Ratched," and "Hollywood," as well as a remake of "The Boys in the Band." At FX, where "American Crime Story" airs, he created the long-running anthology series "American Horror Story." Two more Ryan Murphy-created anthology series are in the works: "American Love Story" and "American Sports Story."

There was no word on when "Studio 54" might air, but Sept. 17 — when the third "ACS" series, "Impeachment," about President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski, is set to debut — is rapidly approaching. "Impeachment" "tells this story through the eyes of the women at the center of the events: Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein), Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) and Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford)," Deadline writes.

"Impeachment" follows two earlier, and critically acclaimed, seasons of "American Crime Story." The first, "The People vs. OJ Simpson," starred Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr., and John Travolta, and aired in 2016; the second, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," starred Édgar Ramírez, Darren Criss, Penélope Cruz, and Ricky Martin, and aired in 2018.

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Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.