The new season of American Crime Story, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, premiered in January this year and recently concluded its short nine-episode course.
It received mostly favourable reviews for its portrayal of the 1997 assassination of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and the course that led Andrew Cunanan, the 27-year old serial killer, to commit it. If you haven’t already seen it then here are five reasons to add it to your watchlist.
1) The miniseries has been tremendously cast, with Emmy nominee Édgar Ramirez as title-character Gianni Versace, Academy Award winner Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace (Gianni’s younger sister), Ricky Martin as Antonio D’Amico (Gianni’s partner), and Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan (Gianni’s killer) in what has been widely considered to be a breakthrough performance in his career.
2) It’s Ryan Murphy’s second ACS instalment after The People v. O.J. Simpson, which won the 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series.
3) While it does cover the murder of the legendary fashion designer, it goes beyond that to explore the background of Andrew Cunanan and his previous victims, along with his relationship with them.
4) The show was based on Maureen Orth’s Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, a book that chronicled Cunanan’s crimes. It led to some off-show drama as the Versace house distanced itself from the show terming it to be fictitious, while the network firmly stood by it and Orth’s reporting.
5) Gianni Versace was killed on the front steps of his Miami Beach mansion in 1997, which now exists as Casa Casuarina, a hotel, and a lot of what is seen in the show is as real as it gets as certain scenes were shot at the mansion itself, such as the entire opening of the show.