Following this week’s bloody AHS: 1984 finale, Ryan Murphy is already looking ahead to what might be the death of his American Horror Story franchise.
“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,” Murphy tells Deadline.
“It’s the last season we have contracted [at FX]. So, I’ve been quietly reaching out to various people,” he says.
Does this mean longtime AHS stalwarts like Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters will return? “Too soon to tell, but I’ll just sort of say, the people who helped build this show into what it is, who believed in it from the beginning, have been contacted and are interested. So if you look at the iconography of the first three seasons, you can figure who I’ve gone to and who might be coming back.”
“Going into its 10th season, it’s never been more popular,” Murphy says of the horror anthology series. “I’m excited about season 10 like I was excited about this year.”
Will the upcoming season, as has been rumored, be set in space? “I’m keeping mum,” Murphy says. “It would be hard because it’s called American Horror Story and you’d have to stay within the legal soil limits in order to make that work.”
While Murphy has moved his production empire from 20th Century Fox to Netflix, don’t rule out AHS living on forever like one of its ghosts.
“[FX Chairman] John Landgraf 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,” he says. “We’re in the middle of negotiations about beyond season 10. We have had conversations about the show going 20 seasons.”