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'American Horror Story' Co-Creator Ryan Murphy Opens Up About Show's Fate, Season 10 & Other Projects

Friday Nov 15, 2019

After its Season 9 finale aired this week, "American Horror Story" co-creator Ryan Murphy opened up to Deadline about the fate of the popular anthology series and its tenth season, which could be the show's last, and a number of his other projects that air on FX and Netflix.

Murphy explained that he usually comes up with the theme for the next "AHS" season by Halloween and that he keeps a list of his runner-up themes. He said that many fans want a season set in outer space but he wouldn't reveal if that would happen for Season 10. The out producer/writer/director also said that the next season of "AHS" could be its last, as the series has not officially renewed further than its tenth installment.

"It would be hard because it's called 'American Horror Story' and you'd have to stay within the legal soil limits in order to make that work," he told Deadline. "We're working on an idea for season 10 that I think people will love because it's about reuniting fan-favorite actors to come back — because it might be our last season.

"It's the last season we have contracted. So, I've been quietly reaching out to various people," he added. "Some people I haven't reached out to yet because I was like 'Do I have a role for them?' So far, everybody I reached out to said 'Yes', so that's been great."

Murphy said it is too early to reveal which actors will be back or if "AHS" fixtures Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson or Evan Peters would return. Lange was the show's star before bowing out after Season 5 "AHS: Freak Show." "AHS: 1984" (Season 9) marked the first time both Paulson and Peters did not appear on the show since its debut.

"I'll just sort of say, the people who helped build this show into what it is, who believed in it from the beginning, have been contacted and are interested," Murphy said. "So if you look at the iconography of the first three seasons, you can figure who I've gone to and who might be coming back. I'm always surprised, it's such a hard show to do."

Later on in the interview, he told Deadline that he is "in the middle of negotiations about beyond Season 10" and noted the trickiness of the situation now that Murphy works for Netflix, where "AHS" streams, even though it initially airs on FX, which was recently purchased by Disney.

"We have had conversations about the show going 20 seasons. If [FX chairman John Landgraf] for some reason said, 'We don't want to make this anymore', would I call up Netflix? Yes. But he's only ever expressed love and enthusiasm and he wants to keep it going," he explained.

"We're both very proud of it. It's FX's most highly rated show in the history of the network, it's had 96 Emmy nominations," Murphy continued. "I hope, knock wood, will get past 100. It's one of the most awarded and lauded shows of that network. I have every good intention of it staying there and I think he does too. We're talking about it. We're trying to figure it out."

Murphy also offered updates on a number other of his projects. Of the canceled Fox comedy series "Scream Queens," Murphy left it up to "the studio who made it" but noted that its stars (Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michelle, Billie Lourd, Abigail Breslin) would all be down to return if the show was rebooted. He also spoke about the next season of "American Crime Story," subtitled "Impeachment," which will focus on President Bill Clinton's impeachment. He explained that because he's directing "Prom," based on the queer Broadway musical, the show is being pushed back a bit.

"I can tell you that we're shooting in the spring. It was February, now it's late March," he told Deadline.

He also revealed his limited series "Hollywood" will hit Netflix on May 1 and that "Ratched," starring Sarah Paulson as the titular nurse from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next," will be on the streaming service in September.

"...it's a big fall show. It's a feminist psychological horror show. We've been done with that for a while. It's the performance of Sarah Paulson's life," he said of the upcoming series.

Murphy said that he's currently shooting the second season of "The Politician," which came to Netflix in September, and that fans won't have to wait a full year before it returns, calling the sophomore run "juicy and fun and topical."

Unfortunately, it still sounds like his intended anthology series "Feud" is dormant. The first season was about the history between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, which starred Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, respectively. A second season was going to be about Prince Charles and Diana but Murphy said he's "not working on any of that right now." Also not moving forward is the "American Crime Story" season about Hurricane Katrina, telling Deadline it was "a difficult story to crack and it was very complex."

"Never say never, but I think we've all moved on from that. We have four or five things in development for 'American Crime Story,' but that is not one of them," Murphy added.

Click here to read Murphy's full interview with Deadline.

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