In what’s said to be a $300 million dollar deal,
Netflix has snatched showrunner Ryan Murphy out from under FX, securing his talents for the next five years. It’s a smart move, considering the success of his many series — American Crime Story, American Horror Story, Feud, Nip/Tuck … — and since the streaming outlet already inked Nurse Ratched and The Politician, it seems a natural next step. Though he’ll continue to work on his existing shows at FX and Fox (911), his contract with Fox was due to expire this summer, and said to be a factor in Murphy’s decision is the expected Fox-Disney merger.
Am I going to have to put Mickey Mouse in American Horror Story?”
Uh, yeah … that could be a problem.
So, congrats to the prolific, inclusive showrunner, who’s been making good on his promises to use his powers for good — he’s created a mentoring foundation for women, LGBTQ and people of color, and hired more women directors — but if Netflix really wants to corner the market on Super Showrunners,
they really ought to snatch up Murphy’s brilliant, likewise prolific peer, who’d also guarantee flocking viewers.
Though he’s got The Vampire Chronicles on tap, and a fourth season of Hannibal waiting in the wings (and in need of a worthy home), it’s clear Bryan Fuller deserves a worthy homebase. With the production partner of Starz balking at budgets, Fuller (and his writing partner, Brian Green) tragically exited American Gods, which may end up causing a viewer mass exodus. He’s a proven visionary with a devoted following and a commitment to thoughtfulness in what (and how) he presents his stories, it’s a practically criminal that Fuller hasn’t, like Murphy, been secured by a major outlet. Here’s hoping Netflix’s content people wake up soon and …
… smell the talent.