Catch the premiere of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story on January 17 at 10 p.m. ET on Fox.
The 52-year-old writers comments come after the Versace family issued a statement criticising FXs new mini-series, which explores the assassination of the renowned Italian designer.
"Like the original "American Crime Story" series "The People vs. OJ 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". We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms Orth.
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"After I offered the role to Penelope, she said, 'OK, I'm interested, but I'm friends with Donatella and I'm not going to do it unless Donatella is cool with it.' So she called Donatella", he said, noting that the designer had sent Cruz a bouquet of flowers prior to the Golden Globes. As the season has not yet aired, we can't say just how closely the show will adhere to the events as described in the book. "As for them calling our work a 'work of fiction, ' I don't agree with that".
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"Versace is based on a non-fiction book by Maureen Orth that has been discussed and dissected and vetted for close to 20 years", said Murphy.
FX and those behind the show used Maureen Orth's Vulgar Favors as the base of the series, and also stood by its production in a statement. "Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story, she presents second-hand hearsay that is full of contradictions", the family claims. 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.
"She admits it would have been illegal for the person to have reviewed the report in the first place (if it existed at all)", the statement reads.
Darren Criss, who plays Gianni Versace's murderer. The Versace family let the audience know that the upcoming series was not made or even conceived with their input and that it may even be in direct opposition to the real-life facts of the case.
Vittoriano Rastelli/Corbis via Getty Images "American Crime Story" presents Donatella Versace, at right with her brother Gianni, as "a feminist hero", executive producer Ryan Murphy said.