Just because uber-creator Ryan Murphy has an exclusive deal with Netflix doesn't mean two of his main shows at FX are going anywhere anytime soon, with FX Chair John Landgraf reassuring viewers during Monday's Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter press event that both American Horror Story and American Crime Story still have long lives ahead of them – though the prognosis for Feud isn't good, with no concept in play yet.
"We have three or four ideas in active development where we've sort of acquired rights. I think there are many more cycles of 'American Crime Story' to come and more of 'American Horror Story.'"
Sorry American Horror Story fans: no word on the upcoming ninth season's theme or any possible Coven spinoff. The previous AHS season served as a crossover between Season 1 Murder House and Season 3 Coven. Murphy and Brad Falchuk's long-running horror anthology was renewed for a ninth and tenth season in late 2018 – and Murphy has recently hinted at some kind of new Coven project.
Landgraf shared that there are four concepts being considered for American Crime Story, though he doesn't know which one will go first and is confident all four will see the light of day: "There's the likelihood that they'll all be produced over time." One season theme that is no longer in play is one focusing on 2005's Hurricane Katrina flooding of New Orleans: "As far as I know, 'Katrina' is not still in the mix."
Murphy signed an exclusive creator contract with Netflix in 2018 at an estimated value of $300 million (possibly more), producing new projects for the streaming service giant such as upcoming political comedy The Politician and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest prequel series Ratched, starring Sarah Paulson. Murphy will also remain actively involved in projects like FOX's 9-1-1 and FX's award-winning series Pose, which returns for its sophomore season in June 2019.