‘American Horror Story: 1984’ just wrapped, but series-creator Ryan Murphy has already concocted the general theme of next year’s 10th season, although he isn’t willing to divulge it just yet. ‘1984’ was a stripped-down affair, following the massive previous season, ‘Apocalypse’, which crossed over elements from various past seasons in addition to telling a new story. Murphy needed a breather, but it sounds like this was a temporary respite, and that next year’s season will be another “everything but the kitchen sink” event, and that’s for a very good reason– it might be the last one!
Following the broadcast of the ‘1984’ finale, Murphy spoke to Deadline, and revealed:
“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. 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.”
Mainstay Jessica Lange departed the franchise after Season 4, ‘Freak Show’, but returned for ‘Apocalypse’. ‘1984’ was the first season that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters did not appear in. Do Murphy’s comments mean that they will be back?
“Too soon to tell, but 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. 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.”
FX has stated that the network would be interested in airing new installments for as long as Murphy would supply them, so the network will likely do what it can to get him to continue the franchise. (It’s still a rating hit.)
However, Ryan Murphy signed a development deal with Netflix last year and is busy developing projects for them. His first series, ‘The Politician’ has already been released. ‘Ratched’ starring Paulson arrives in 2020, to be followed by a 10-part adaptation of the Broadway musical ‘A Chorus Line’; an adaptation of another Broadway musical, ‘The Prom’ starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman; ‘Hollywood’ with Patti LuPone and Holland Taylor; a miniseries about fashion designer Halston, starring Ewan McGregor; a project about Marlene Dietrich set to star Lange; a documentary, ‘A Secret Love’; and a 10-part docuseries about Andy Warhol, a figure that he has already explored on ‘AHS’.
In addition, he has ongoing hit ‘9-1-1’ on FOX, which will soon be joined by a spin-off, and new seasons of ‘Pose’ and ‘American Crime Story’ (about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky) for FX. On top of all that, he has teased that he wants to revisit his two-season FOX series ‘Scream Queens’. Does he even have time to do more ‘American Horror Story’ if he wanted to?
Stay tuned for updates. Did you enjoy ‘1984’? What do you think about Season 10 being the end?