FX confirms that American Sports Story will focus on NFL star Aaron Hernandez

Found great success with American horror story and American crime storyFX moves to another US-focused story to tell with the coming American sports story. Like the latter of those two shows, it will be based on real life events, with FX boss John Landgraf confirming today during the Television Critics Association press tour that the first season will focus on former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. Landgraf confirmed that “a fairly complete set of scripts” has been written for the show, but no production date has been signed. Another spin off, american love story, is also in the works.

Stu Zicherman (Alaska Daily, The Shrink Next Door) is an executive producer of the series based on the Wondery & Boston Globe podcast Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc. A tight end on the field, Hernandez played football at the University of Florida, where he won a national championship in 2008. He would be drafted in the fourth round by the New England Patriots but struggled due to fielding behavior including drug use. Hernandez would be on the team for three seasons, playing in Super Bowl XLVI, which the Patriots lost to the Giants.

His off-field antics eventually saw him removed from the team, where he already had few friends. Hernandez was wanted for questioning in connection with multiple shootings and murders, and was eventually arrested and charged with first-degree murder in 2013 for the shooting death of friend Odin Lloyd. He was eventually found guilty and given a life sentence in 2015 and committed suicide in prison in 2017.

An official logline for the series reads: “The limited series charts the rise and fall of NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez and explores the connections between the various parts of his identity, his family, his career, his suicide and their legacy in sports. and American culture.”

A fourth season of American crime story is also in the works for FX, but no time frame or topic has been set yet.

(Cover photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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