Adapting real life events to the big or small screen is always a tricky business. There’s a question of how true to events does it need to stay and if the events should even be in the order in which they happen. No one can really know another living person’s thoughts. So there’s always an element of guesswork and fiction in stories that are “based on” or “inspired by” true life events.
That’s not to say that the stories shouldn’t be told or examined. If they are as faithful as possible, then good one the people making it for doing that. American Crime Story does seem to be a show that tries to stick to real life events as they happened.
With less than ten days away from the highly anticipated second season for the show, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that the Versace family issued the following statement.
“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.”
While it will provide gripping drama for audiences awaiting the return of the show, it is a reminder of the real people involved in the case. The fact that the Versace family didn’t support the show doesn’t come as a huge surprise to those following the making of it. Costume designer Lou Eyrich didn’t receive support in the clothing design of the show and had to purchase vintage Versace for the series.
In addition to the statement from the Versace family, FX released its own statement regarding the second season.
“Like the original American Crime Story series The People vs. OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s nonfiction 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 nonfiction best-seller Vulgar Favors, which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”
I can’t really remember if the families involved in The People vs OJ Simpson were supportive of the series or not. It can’t help but be a reminder that, although fictional, the show is about real people who really died and are still feeling the loss of their loved ones.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace airs on FX on January 17th.