As they say, all publicity is good publicity, and who knows if this is true, but the Versace family speaking out against the upcoming season 2 of American Crime Story certainly makes the whole thing more invitingly lurid.

The second season of American Crime Story tells the story of designer Gianni Versace’s death at the hands of Andrew Cunanan, who shot Versace twice on July 15, 1997, on the steps of his Miami mansion. It’s adapted from Maureen Orth’s biography Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, which, if you’re so inclined, is also a great read from Orth’s 1997 Vanity Fair article.

“The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace,” the family said in a statement Monday. “Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.”

On one hand, this could be seen as a blow to the validity of the upcoming premiere of Ryan Murphy’s series on Wednesday, January 17th. On the OTHER hand, this could be seen as enticing publicity because ardently denying something has a coy way of making the story stronger. Cunanan is playing by Glee’s Darren Criss, while Édgar Ramírez and Penélope Cruz play the Versace siblings, Gianni and Donatella.

Cruz spoke to Donatella prior to portraying her in the series. “I did have one conversation that was very important for me and that was between she and I,” she said. “I think she knows that the way I’m playing her that I truly love her and respect her.”

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