American Horror Story and Glee creator Ryan Murphy has become one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood over the last decade, with many upcoming projects currently in development. The writer and director is most famous for his work on FX, which includes AHS and its spinoff American Crime Story, and for his more recent collaborations with Netflix, such as Hollywood, The Politician, and Ratched. Murphy’s Netflix deal, in particular, has led to an explosion of new content under his expanding creative umbrella, and it won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Murphy’s TV career began with the premiere of his first series, teenage dramedy Popular on The WB. Though Popular only lasted two seasons, Murphy’s success only grew with the subsequent premieres of Nip/Tuck in 2003 and Glee, oft-compared to High School Musical, in 2009, each of which ran for six seasons and built up big dedicated fan bases. Many of those same fans would follow Murphy to his second FX series, American Horror Story, which captivated viewers with its grisly storylines and distinctive, anthologized format. In 2018, Murphy signed a $300 million five-year deal with Netflix, though he has since continued his work with FX as well.
So, what can Murphy fans look forward to over the next couple of years? A lot. Multiple projects are currently in development from the acclaimed producer, including new seasons of some of his most popular series and a few entirely new projects on FX and Netflix. Here’s every known project Murphy is currently working on, and what’s been revealed about each of them so far.
After an excruciatingly long coronavirus-induced delay, American Horror Story is finally returning to FX on August 25, 2021. AHS season 10, officially titled “Double Feature,” is itself split into two independent stories – “Red Tide,” which will air first, and “Death Valley,” whose release date has yet to be revealed. The official trailer for “Red Tide” has hinted at a number of curious story details, revealing that the story will focus on a young author and his family, who move to a small coastal village to try to cure his writer’s block. Promo art has teased sea monsters of some sort appearing in “Red Tide” and aliens featuring heavily in “Death Valley,” but few specifics have been confirmed. American Horror Story season 10 will feature an ensemble cast of both new and familiar stars, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Lily Rabe, Billie Lourd, Frances Conroy, Macaulay Culkin, and Angelica Ross.
The first spinoff of the American Horror Story brand, American Crime Story, will return to FX on September 7, 2021, with its third season, “Impeachment.” After tackling the O.J. Simpson trial and the murder of Gianni Versace in the first two seasons, Murphy will be diving deep into the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinksy scandal and the president’s subsequent impeachment trial this time around. Impeachment: American Crime Story stars Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, Clive Owen as Bill Clinton, and a supporting ensemble that includes Edie Falco and Annaleigh Ashford.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel series Ratched was ordered for two seasons at Netflix when the idea was first pitched, so while no release date for Ratched season 2 has been released yet, it should still be coming at some point in the near future. Like many of Murphy’s recent projects with Netflix, Ratched season 1 received mixed reviews, with many critics praising its visual stylings and bold tone but knocking it for slopping writing and one-dimensional characters. Frequent Murphy collaborator Sarah Paulson captivated audiences as per usual as the titular Nurse Ratched, but it remains to be seen if she will be enough to help season 2 rise above the problems of its predecessor.
Murphy kicked off a new AHS spinoff in 2021 with the premiere of American Horror Stories on FX on Hulu, and season 2 has already been ordered. While there are similarities between the two AHS shows, like killer Santas, there are also many differences. Unlike the original show, which tells a different story each season, Stories operates more like Black Mirror, with each individual episode introducing an entirely different, disturbing world. Several American Horror Story cast members have featured in American Horror Stories season 1, and it should be exciting to see how the new show continues to grow and evolve in season 2.
One of Murphy’s upcoming Netflix projects is a true-crime miniseries about infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer called Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Set to consist of ten episodes, the series will star Evan Peters in the leading role of Dahmer, with a supporting cast that includes Penelope Ann Miller, Richard Jenkins, Michael Learned, and Colin Ford. There is plenty that fans know about Murphy’s Monster, but no release information has been announced. The show will likely premiere on Netflix sometime in 2022.
Another Netflix project currently in the early stages of development, A Chorus Line will adapt the famous Broadway musical of the same name as a ten-episode miniseries. Murphy has said that, in addition to the actual narrative and musical content of the original show, his new series will also feature some meta elements, such as interview footage and deep dives into the process of original A Chorus Line director Michael Bennett. The project sounds both highly ambitious and a bit confusing, and it should be interesting to see how it ultimately pans out. As of now, there is no official release date for Netflix’s A Chorus Line.
Most recently, Murphy and FX announced a couple of new American Horror Story‘s spin-offs, which will spin the franchise’s anthology format into different genres like American Crime Story. The first of those new spinoffs is tentatively being called American Love Story. As the name implies, the show will focus on prominent love stories in history and pop culture, with John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette being the subject of the first season. No release date or casting information has yet been revealed.
The second upcoming American Horror Story spinoff is American Sports Story, which will focus on real-life narratives of sports and athletes. Season 1 of American Sports Story will be about former NFL star and focus of Netflix’s Killer Inside Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of murder in 2013 and later took his own life. There is currently no release date information, and no cast has been announced.
The fourth season of American Crime Story, tentatively titled “Studio 54,” has already been announced by Murphy and FX, to air at an undisclosed time after the release of “Impeachment.” The season will tell the story of the famous Manhattan disco and nightclub of the same name, which became notorious in the late 1970s for its reputation for recreational drug use and sexual activity. No casting has been announced as of this time for American Crime Story season 4, but Ryan Murphy already has his hands full with a plethora of exciting projects.