American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy previously revealed in January that the series' eighth season will take place in the “near-distant future.” Now, he’s shared a bit more about what the new set of episodes will entail: The next installment in the anthology will continue “18 months from today."
Deadline reports that Murphy revealed the news on Friday at a pre-Emmy voting event in Los Angeles. He also divulged that Evan Peters will take on the role of a comedic hair stylist, and Joan Collins will be his grandmother.
Murphy didn't confirm or deny if Anjelica Huston will be joining the show. When asked, Murphy said, “[We’re] talking. I love her.”
While Season 7 was set in reality and politically focused, with Season 8, Murphy wants to go back to the imaginative worlds that AHS previously occupied. “[Season 8] is heightened,” he revealed. “It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season. We’re sort of getting back to Asylum, and Coven. That’s the tone of it.”
Fans can look forward to AHS veterans Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Kathy Bates returning to the show, as well as the newly added Joan Collins. The title for Season 8 is also rumored to be American Horror Story: Radioactive, but Murphy didn’t confirm that during the event. The show starts shooting again on June 16, according to Murphy.
Though he recently landed a major $300 million deal with Netflix, Murphy assured the audience that American Horror Story is still his baby. “One of the great joys of my life is doing this show. I love this show so much,” he shared. “This great group of actors who come together and get to know each other, and trust each other, and go to places…I just love the ability to reach out to people who I love, love, love, and say, ‘Hey would you like to come play in our sandbox?'”