How Will Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Deal Impact ‘American Horror Story’?

Ryan Murphy is the showrunner and creator for so many different series, it’s kind of wild to wrap your head around it. Of course, he did Nip/Tuck and Glee back in the day, but now he has American Crime Story and The Politician, to name just a couple recent releases. With all that experience, his mega Netflix deal came as no surprise. 

However, will it affect American Horror Story, one of his biggest successes? In fact, he has so many shows on FX; will his Netflix contract interfere with his other hits?

Ryan Murphy, with his son Logan Miller and his husband David Miller pose on the pink carpet at 'The Politician' New York Premiere in New York City.
Ryan Murphy, with his son Logan Miller and his husband David Miller at ‘The Politician’ New York Premiere on September 26, 2019 in New York City | John Lamparski/Getty Images

Ryan Murphy struck a major deal with Netflix

Back in February, Ryan Murphy announced that he had penned a deal with Netflix to create five years worth of series and movies for a whopping $300 million. Following that, in April, he already had 10 projects greenlit at Netflix, according to Variety. And since then, he already premiered his first: The Politician. It was met with mixed reviews, but work is already going into its second season. 

This meant that Murphy’s longtime home of Fox and FX would be a bit different.

‘American Horror Story’ is currently on FX 

Instead of making everything on Fox or FX, his new content would be funneled into and funded by Netflix. However, all of his other shows on the Fox channels will continue as well. At least for the time being. 

To put that into perspective, American Horror Story is confirmed through its tenth season. American Crime Story: Impeachment, starring Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein, is in production. And Pose, his groundbreaking show about queer and transgender characters in‘80s and ‘90s New York, has been confirmed for Season 3 and Billy Porter is already slated to direct

Murphy is already making Netflix shows and ending some FX shows

However, Feud is already being put on the backburner for Murphy’s Netflix deal. “I’m not working on any of that right now. My deal is with Netflix,” he told Deadline in November when they asked about a future for this show. “That’s not to say that years down the line that I couldn’t’ redo it or renew if I had a great idea. I think everyone is open to that but I’m working on so many other things.”

So it hasn’t necessarily been “canceled” and he might come back to it, but Murphy is prioritizing his Netflix shows above Feud. So while it currently doesn’t conflict with AHS or Impeachment, it did with Feud

One of those projects he’s working on for Netflix includes Prom, an adaptation of the Broadway musical starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Kerry Washington. He’s also adapting Boys in the Band for the streaming platform and working on Ratched, a prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Sarah Paulson. 

‘American Horror Story’ is a passion of Murphy’s

Regardless of Murphy’s Netflix dealings and shows, Murphy did say in that Deadline interview that if FX ever wanted to stop making American Horror Story, he’d take it to Netflix. “If John [Landgraf, Chairman of FX Network and FX Productions] for some reason said, ‘We don’t want to make this anymore’, would I call up Netflix? Yes,” he said to Deadline.

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 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.

He said that if they could go to 20 seasons, he would. So, even though Netflix has Murphy for five years and he’s creating some quality content, it doesn’t look like American Horror Story or some of his other FX shows are going anywhere right now.