At the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour, producer Ryan Murphy appeared and managed to spill just the tiniest hints as to what to expect from the next season of ‘American Horror Story’.
“All I’ll say about it is I want to go to the future — still topical, but the future, which I’ve never done.”
He was quick to clarify “Not space.”
So it sounds like he might be taking a more speculative fiction approach. But that could be anything. A dystopian society, perhaps like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’? Or something akin to an episode of ‘Black Mirror’? It may be unoriginal to emulate these other series, but it could also be a wise move, considering both of them are among the buzziest shows out now. The latest installment of ‘AHS’, subtitled ‘Cult’ had the lowest ratings since Season Two. (This was the seventh installment.) This series was once one of the hottest on TV, but as is the norm, over time, other, newer projects capture the public’s attention.
Murphy went a little further into depth about the eighth cycle of the series, saying:
“I pitched it to [FX chief] John Landgraf today right after his TCA panel, and he loved it, but he’s asked me not to say what it is. I told him and he fell out of his chair with joy. I think people will like it, it’s different from what we’ve done before, but I always try and do the opposite of what I’ve done on that show.”
Longtime viewers may be a bit disappointed that this isn’t the ‘Asylum’/’Cult’ crossover season that Murphy announced back in 2016. Rest assured, that plan is still in place.
“We’re working on it, but that’s not going to be [Season 8]. That will probably be the one after that. We’ve already met about it and outlined it. But it won’t be next because some of the [cast members] are not available.”
Are you ready for a futuristic ‘American Horror Story’? What else would you like to see happen on this anthology series?
Source: Entertainment Weekly