Ryan Murphy says he might have to scrap American Horror Story’s planned new season, doesn’t confirm whether we’re currently living in it

Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga in Apocalypse

American Horror Story season 10 might have to overhaul its planned theme as the cast stand down temporarily amid the coronavirus pandemic.

AHS 10 was due to start shooting when the coronavirus pandemic forced the television industry to shutter.

“Everybody is kind of on pause,” creator Ryan Murphy told The Wrap.

“Nobody so far has called me up and said, ‘OK, we have a plan to move forward for shooting.”

Murphy’s planned theme for American Horror Story’s season 10 might, as a result of the delay, be forced to change.

American Horror Story 10 theme was ‘weather-dependent’.

“Well I don’t know, because a lot of what I was going to shoot was dependent on a very specific moment, it was a weather-dependent show,” he explained.

“So now I don’t know. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

With AHS renewed for season 10 through 13, it’s possible that this year’s planned scream-fest might simply be switched in the running order.

“I don’t know if I’ll accelerate another season or wait till next year to shoot this one,” Murphy said.

Fans had speculated that the planned season 10 theme would have something to do with water and the undead, after the cast for the season was announced using a video of crashing waves, to the sound of Orville Peck’s “Dead of Night”.


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American Horror Story season 10 cast brings together old favourites with new faces.

Before the coronavirus shutdown, Murph had already announced the full cast of American Horror Story season 10 – a mix of returning favourites and new additions to the anthology series.

Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have signed on to return having sat out season nine, 1984.

Kathy Bates, who was also missing from 1984, was also confirmed, along with Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Finn Wittrock and Angelica Ross, a new addition to last year’s cast.

Joining AHS for the first time in season 10 is Macaulay Culkin.

Murphy said he was so keen to add the Home Alone actor to his rotating company that he broke his self-imposed rule of never letting actors read scripts during the casting process.

“I told him he has crazy, erotic sex with Kathy Bates and does other things. And he paused and he goes, ‘This sounds like the role I was born to play’. So, he signed up right then and there,” he told E! News.

AHS 10 doesn’t have a release date.

With so much in the air right now, it doesn’t appear likely that we’ll get American Horror Story season 10 until later in the year, or – more likely – until 2021.

Traditionally the series has premiered in either October or September, which Murphy usually takes advantage of by including a special Halloween episode.