Ryan Murphy on his new pilot ‘American Horror Story’ and adapting ‘The Normal Heart’

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‘s Ryan Murphy is a busy guy. Not only is he about to begin prepping season 3 of his Fox hit, but he also just finished directing the pilot for American Horror Story, which he wrote with Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk. The show, which stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Jessica Lange and would air on FX, has been shrouded in secrecy, and Murphy is mum on details. “It’s a genre piece and it has creatures in it,” says Murphy. “But [it] is also really about things that we in our day-to-day American society right now find scary. So the edict in the writers room is, let’s write about scares us. What scares you? What scares me? So it’s really about paranoia and suspicion. It’s very sexual between Connie and Dylan. It’s about infidelity. It’s really cool. I’m really proud of it.”

Murphy also has been contemplating bringing Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, currently on Broadway in a critically acclaimed production, to the big screen with Mark Ruffalo potentially starring. “I am moving forward with it,” says Murphy. “I have a couple great casting ideas. I’m having a big meeting with CAA about it, about where to do it, how to do it. I love Larry’s play. I’m so thrilled that he and the play finally got all this recognition. I think it’s a story that needs to be told. It’s a beautiful love story.”

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