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Updated: A Guide to Follow All True Crime Upcoming Projects

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“Beware the Slenderman”

Format: Documentary

Summary: Explores the case of two 12 year orld girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, who stabbed another classmate inspired by the creepypasta of Slenderman, whom they thought was a real character.

Premieres: January 23d, in HBO.

“Casting JonBenet”

Format: Documentary.

Summary: It will focus on the fascination that exists with the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey and how the case has shaped relationships between parents and their children since then. It will include interviews with people from Boulder, Colorado, who will talk about the impact the investigation had on the town.

Premieres: In April, on Netflix.

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Next year, the headline-grabbing story of the 1997 assassination of legendary designer Gianni Versace, will be dramatized in the FX TV show “American Crime Story.” Playing Versace’s infamous Filipino killer Andrew Cunanan is Glee star and StarKid theatre company founder Darren Criss. Yong Chavez spoke with the half-Filipino actor singer about his role on Showbiz Tonight.

Pictured above is a young Andrew Cunanan (on the left) with his teacher Dr. Otto Mower and fellow student Mathew Rifat at The Bishop’s School in San Diego, California.

Andrew Cunanan was an American spree killer who murdered five people in a three-month long spree. Cunanan was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list after the brutal murder of 72-year-old Lee Miglin, his third victim. He became famously known for the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. It was on July 15, 1997, at approximately 8:30 a.m. when Cunanan suprised Versace at his Villa at Lake Como, Florida and shot him twice in the head. Eight days after murdering Versace, Cunanan shot himself with a .40 caliber pistol, the same gun he used for three of his victims. It remains a mystery as to why Cunanan went on a killing spree.

“I can be in Chicago or on the moon, and we’ll talk a hundred times a day.”

- Gianni Versace on his relationship with Donatella.
Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez to Star in 'Versace: American Crime Story'
Production on the FX/Ryan Murphy anthology will begin next month.

Ryan Murphy has found the two key stars for the third season of FX anthology American Crime Story.

Set to star in Versace: American Crime Story are Glee grad Darren Criss and The Bourne Ultimatum’s Edgar Ramirez, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Versace — which will come after the franchise’s second season, Katrina — will explore the July 1997 assassination of legendary designer Gianni Versace. His killer, Andrew Cunanan, committed suicide eight days later as Miami Dade police were on the verge of capturing the serial killer behind five slayings. The 10-episode third season will likely run in 2018, following quickly on Katrina’s heels.

Versace, from Fox 21 and FX Productions, will be based on the book Vulgar Favors by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, with Tom Rob Smith (London Spy) set to write the first two and multiple subsequent episodes.

Ramirez will play Versace; Criss is set as Cunanan. Production will begin in March and run concurrently with Katrina, which also recently began casting with Annette Bening set to star alongside returning players Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr.

The casting brings Criss back into the Murphy fold following a brief gig on American Horror Story and his breakout role as Blaine on Fox’s megahit Glee. Most recently, he has a role in The CW’s Supergirl/Flash musical crossover. Versace marks his first series regular TV gig following Glee. He also was poised to star in a workplace comedy that was in development at Fox. Repped by CAA, Hyphenate Creative Management and Hansen Jacobson, he most recently starred in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway and is reprising the role in the show’s L.A. production.