Murphy teased\s the new season will be "heightened" and "fantasy inspired."
The new season of "American Horror Story" might not be coming back for a while, but creator Ryan Murphy teased about what's to come at the FX Emmy FYC event on Friday, in addition to spilling some secrets about the new season.
Season 8 will include some familiar faces, be more "fantasy inspired," and will be going back to basics.
Murphy might not have revealed the title or release date, but he did give some details that will hold us over, at least for awhile.
Here is everything we know about "AHS" Season 8, so far.
All The Main Cast Is Returning
Murphy confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that all six original cast members will be returning for Season 8. This includes Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billy Eichner, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter and Leslie Grossman.
In addition, Kathy Bates will be returning to the series.
In addition to acting in the new season, both Paulson and Peters will be directing episodes in Season 8.
The new season will take place in the future, "18 months from today," Murphy said at the panel. He also teased to see what's going on in the world around that specific time.
Fans of course didn't hesitate to dive in and created a theory that might have to do with the term "Radioactive." The theory goes like this. If you take Murphy's time jump literally, 18 months from the panel (April 6, 2018), that would be October 9, 2019.
"October 6th will be the 58th anniversary of President Kennedy telling Americans to build nuclear bomb shelters," Reddit user Gato1980 wrote. "I know it’s kind of a stretch and probably not right, I just thought it might have something to do with the 'Nuclear' title of the season that’s been floating around."
This caused fans to speculate that the next season will possibly involve a nuclear war of some kind. What's even more interesting is that according to TheWrap, 20th Century Fox filed a trademark application with the USPTO for the title "American Horror Story: Radioactive" on March 6.
Why would they file the application if that wasn't going to be the title? It can't just be a coincidence.
After a exhausting and strenuous Season 7 for Peters, Murphy said that he will be playing a comedic role in the new season and that his character would be a hairdresser. The showrunner also revealed that there will be three non-white leads.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the new season will be the crossover we've been waiting for. Murphy teased back in January that the much anticipated "Coven" and "Murder House" crossover season wouldn't be Season 8. "It’s not next season, it will likely be the one after that," the Emmy winner said.
However, Season 8 will feel more "heightened" and will be share some similar tones as previous seasons "Asylum" and "Coven." "It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season," Murphy said. "We’re sort of getting back to 'Asylum' and 'Coven.' It's that tone. That’s the tone of it."
New Cast Members
Murphy also confirmed that legendary actress Joan Collins would be joining the new season and will be playing Peters character's grandmother. There is also rumors that Anjelica Huston is in talks for the new season.
Production on "American Horror Story" Season 8 is said to begin this June.