He also revealed the time period it will be set in, saying, “It’s a modern-day story.”
According to Murphy, only three other people in the world know what the seventh season of AHS will be about -- and Paulson is one of them.
Murphy noted that he likely would not adopt last season’s approach of cryptic thematic teasers leading up to the premiere, many of which were misdirects in what season six, Roanoke, was ultimately about. The moral of the story: expect answers sooner.
“We haven’t decided how to do that. There are only three people in the world who know what it is, which is [FX president and general manager] John Landgraf, [Fox Television Group chairman and CEO] Dana Walden and Sarah Paulson,” said Murphy, who just started writing the new season. “Last year was successful. I don’t know that we’d do it again. I think maybe we’d release some of it earlier than we did.”
During FX’s executive session earlier in the day, Landgraf said AHS will still “be shrouded in secrecy.”
“Ryan has yet another really innovative idea for how to do something fresh and different with the franchise that audiences haven’t seen before. There is an emotional hook around that,” he said.
AHS will continue to run through at least a ninth season, as FX officially picked up two additional installments early Thursday morning. Though execs “don’t know” what those future iterations will center on, Landgraf explained why the network is sticking with the franchise for the long haul.
“We’re extending it out of trust and good will,” he said. “Ryan made a commitment to continue to run that show and that he would be involved, as he has been in the past, with designing and building the show from the ground up. [I] couldn’t tell you what seasons eight and nine will be, but I can honestly tell you that we’re excited about season seven, and utterly confident that seasons eight and nine will be equally original and interesting.”
American Horror Story returns later this year on FX.