In just a few weeks, Ryan Murphy’s new TV show about the assassination of Gianni Versace will premiere. The show – which stars Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin – is hugely anticipated, but the family has just released a statement saying that they will not give it their approval, calling it a “work of fiction”.
“The Versace family has neither authorised nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace,” the statement reads. “Since Versace did not authorise 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.”
Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s boyfriend, has also spoken about his disapproval of the show, telling The Observer: “The picture of Ricky Martin holding the body in his arms is ridiculous. Maybe it’s the director’s poetic licence, but that is not how I reacted.”
However, Murphy has already spoken out about the poetic licence he has taken with this series.
“There’s always certain things you take liberty with, in wanting to move towards something more emotional,” he said on the TCA press tour last year.
FX has also responded to the Versace statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter, saying: “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 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.”
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