There are some things that you just learn to expect around this time of the year, like longer hours of daylight; winter clothes getting racked at discount; and my initial excitement over the new baseball season pretty much waning until the playoffs. We can now add Ryan Murphy revving up the tease machine for the upcoming season of American Horror Story to that calendar, with the writer/director/producer revealing that night-time soap opera icon Joan Collins (Dynasty) would be joining AHS's upcoming eighth season; and that he is also speaking with Academy Award-winning actor Anjelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor) about joining the series.
Addressing the media to update fans on the status of a number of projects, Murphy stated that he is currently casting AHS Season 8; revealing in a very tongue-in-cheek manner that he is "throwing in Joan Collins" with a cast that officially includes AHS vets Sarah Paulson (Ratched), Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Kathy Bates (Misery). He also stated that he is "interested" in Huston, but offered no further details.
Speaking exclusively with Entertainment Weekly last month, Murphy had this to say about the upcoming season of AHS and confirmed who would be joining him:
"Kathy and Sarah Paulson have a lot of great stuff to get to do. So, with Evan Peters, the three of them are the leads this year."
Murphy also chose to address (in a "kinda-sorta" kinda way) online rumors that AHS season 8 will be officially titled Radioactive. Answering in a manner that gives you the feeling that he's already begun his sadistic cycle of slowly rolling out facts, teases and dead-ends months before the season's theme reveal (possibly at San Diego Comic-Con again), Murphy had this to say:
"I heard about that rumor. Well, that's based on a fact that we've cleared a lot of titles for that show. It's an interesting idea. I can neither confirm nor deny."
He makes an excellent point: FX registered a number of possible season names before last season's Cult title was announced. Along with that, he enjoys propping up bogus season names and putting out false leads to keep the fans just aggravated enough to keep them guessing.
Appearing at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in January 2018, Murphy gave the first nod at a futuristic theme for season 8 when he said, "All I'll say is that I want to go to the future." He also updated fans on the long-teased Murder House/Coven crossover: "It's not next season, it will likely be the one (season 9) after that."
Production on the eighth season of FX's American Horror Story: Radioactive (???) is expected to begin Summer 2018.