Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story has become a show people either love, hate, or love to hate. Of course, almost everyone likes Coven and Asylum. But take 1984 for instance, that has definitely polarized viewers.
Murphy recently spoke to Deadline about the future of the series and although there are rumors an already greenlit season 10 might be its last, there’s still hope.
Murphy says he has a process when thinking about a concept.
“Every season by Halloween, I come up with what the winner (theme) is and I already came up with an idea for season 10,” he said. “There’s always the runner-ups, and I’m like ‘Hmm could this be something?’ We flirted with aliens, we flirted with space, we flirted with some things that were more interesting than others. I think that at the heart of it, it’s always about Americana.”
Although he’s keeping quiet about where the next season will go, he says some key players will be back.
“We’re working on an idea for season 10 that I think people will love because it’s about reuniting fan-favorite actors to come back — because it might be our last season. It’s the last season we have contracted.”
1984 is the penultimate season? Murphy has a back-up plan.
“Look, John Landgraf (FX Network) has always been incredibly honorable about American Horror Story and he would obviously like to keep it going, and I’d like to keep it going,” Murphy explained in the interview.
“We’re in the middle of negotiations about beyond season 10. We have had conversations about the show going 20 seasons. If John for some reason said, ‘We don’t want to make this anymore’, would I call up Netflix? Yes. But he’s only ever expressed love and enthusiasm and he wants to keep it going. We’re both very proud of it. It’s FX’s most highly rated show in the history of the network, it’s had 96 Emmy nominations. I hope, knock wood, will get past 100. It’s one of the most awarded and lauded shows of that network. I have every good intention of it staying there and I think he does too. We’re talking about it. We’re trying to figure it out.”