With the ninth season wrapped up, it’s time to look ahead to the future of “American Horror Story,” and a tenth season has indeed been contracted by FX and will likely arrive late next year. It’ll be a while before we know much of anything about season ten – including the theme – but in a new chat with Deadline, Ryan Murphy did let some early teaser details slip.
Interestingly, Murphy also noted that season ten *could* be the show’s last.
“We’re working on an idea for season 10 that I think people will love because it’s about reuniting fan-favorite actors to come back — because it might be our last season,” Murphy told the site.
He explained, “It’s the last season we have contracted. So, I’ve been quietly reaching out to various people. Some people I haven’t reached out to yet because I was like ‘Do I have a role for them?’ So far, everybody I reached out to said ‘Yes’, so that’s been great.”
So who’s coming back? Murphy says it’s “too soon to tell.” He does add, however, that “the people who helped build this show into what it is, who believed in it from the beginning, have been contacted and are interested. So if you look at the iconography of the first three seasons, you can figure who I’ve gone to and who might be coming back.”
In regards to season ten possibly being the show’s last, Murphy makes it clear that he’s got a backup plan in the event that FX doesn’t order up additional seasons: Netflix.
“We’re in the middle of negotiations about beyond season 10. We have had conversations about the show going 20 seasons. If [FX’s John Landgraf] for some reason said, ‘We don’t want to make this anymore’, would I call up Netflix? Yes,” Murphy explains. “But he’s only ever expressed love and enthusiasm and he wants to keep it going. I have every good intention of it staying there and I think he does too. We’re talking about it. We’re trying to figure it out.”