The over the authenticity of " intensified Wednesday with dueling statements from the show's executive producer, and the Versace fashion house.
The Versace family at Gianni's funeral
"Like the original American Crime Story series The People vs. O.J. 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".
The series - which also stars Ricky Martin and Penélope Cruz as Versace's sister, Donatella - focuses on the ensuing hunt for Cunanan who went on to kill four more people. In the book, Orth claims to have information on a medical condition that Gianni was afflicted with, which she found out about from a person who allegedly reviewed his post-mortem test results.
"I made that phone call to her because when Ryan (Murphy) called me, I said to him, 'I have all the reasons to say yes to this, an wonderful project, ' and I heard that he was going to do it with respect for the family - that was important for me", she explains to news show Extra. Later this month, Ryan Murphy's TV dramatisation of his murder, American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, will air on U.S. network FX.
"Gianni Versace was a courageous and honest man, who engaged in humanitarian work for the benefit of others", the statement reads.
It was produced by 21st Century Fox and drew inspiration from Maureen Orth's 1999 book "Vulgar Favors". We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms Orth. "We all feel the utmost respect for the Versace family", he told ET.
"We issued a statement saying that this story is based on Maureen Orth's book, which is a very celebrated, lauded work of non-fiction that was vetted now for close to 20 years", Murphy said. But according to the Versace family, this version of the story, based on a book by Maureen Orth and directed by Ryan Murphy, isn't an accurate depiction of what actually happened. Our show is based on her reporting so, in that way, it is not a work of fiction, its a work of non-fiction obviously with docudrama elements.
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