Ryan Murphy Signs Huge Deal With Netflix
Netflix has poached another prolific TV producer from the Networks as the streaming giant has signed Ryan Murphy is a multi-year deal. Best known for producing American Horror Story, Glee, Nip/Tuck, Scream Queens, and American Crime Story, the deal is reported to be worth up to $300 million over the next five years.
Ryan Murphy issued a short statement and was full of praise for Netflix and his former partners at Fox.
“The history of this moment is not lost on me. I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 dollars in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me. I am awash in genuine appreciation for Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings and Cindy Holland at Netflix for believing in me and the future of my company which will continue to champion women, minorities and LGBTQ heroes and heroines, and I am honored and grateful to continue my partnership with my friends and peers at Fox on our existing shows.”
This is a significant signing for Netflix and one that ends a near twenty-year partnership Murphy has enjoyed with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy's contract with Fox expires on July 1st, but he'll remain involved in all existing projects he has with Fox and FX. Notably, American Horror Story has been renewed for two more years, Feud season two will focus on Prince Charles & Lady Diana, and there are at least two further seasons of American Crime Story on the way after the current Assassination of Gianni Versace concludes.
Netflix made it clear that they wanted to be in business with Murphy last year when they paid a hefty price for his two new TV shows Ratched and The Politician. Based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ratched will star Murphy regular Sarah Paulson as the infamous Nurse Ratched in a prequel to the Oscar Winning film that starred Jack Nicolson and Louise Fletcher.
It remains unclear what Murphy's move to Netflix will mean for American Horror Story beyond season nine, but don't be surprised if AHS makes the jump to Netflix once its time at FX runs out.
American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace arrives in the UK early next month on BBC Two.