The theme and title for the forthcoming ninth cycle of American Horror Story have been revealed, and we're in for a season of big hair, electro-pop, and shoulder pads. The AHS team will be venturing back to the 1980s with the aptly titled American Horror Story 1984.
As tradition dictates, plot details are top secret at this stage but given series co-creator Ryan Murphy's love of slasher films, and the 80s being a vintage year for the genre, a masked killer on the lose could play a part in the series. The short teaser Murphy released via Instagram certainly suggests a slasher movie vibe.
Murphy had heaps of fun sending the slasher genre up with his underrated Scream Queens, so it will be interesting to see what he'll do when he's not playing for laughs. So far, the only casting announcements that have been made are Emma Roberts and Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy. I'm sure many of Murphy's usual band of regulars will be added shortly, but one mainstay of the series won't be coming back this year. Evan Peters has been a part of AHS since the very first season and has appeared in every season since, but he'll be sitting 1984 out to take a well-earned break.
AHS figurehead Sarah Paulson hasn't been confirmed yet; she's currently working on Ratched with Ryan Murphy for Netflix which charts the early days of the infamous Nurse before One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. I'm sure the ever busy Paulson will find the time to drop by 1984 in some capacity. Murphy signed a huge deal with Netflix last year to develop TV shows and movies exclusively for the streaming giant. The deal doesn't prohibit him from working on existing commits to FX like American Horror Story and Pose.
American Horror Story 1984 will launch on FX later this year.