FX "American Crime Story: Versace" Filming

Ocean Drive

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

FX "American Crime Story: Versace" Filming:

flashback to 1997 (and some road closures)

Filming started this week for the third installment of FX "American Crime Story," which focuses on the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace at his Ocean Drive mansion, the subsequent police investigation, and manhunt.
In a Letter to Commission, Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales wrote, “Ryan Murphy, a University of Miami graduate and alumni of The Miami Herald, who is a television legend having produced ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘American Horror Story,’ and ‘Glee,’ is the primary producer of this series, as well as one of the directors of the segments filmed here. The series features Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, Darren Criss and Ricky Martin.”
Production will continue until May 18. Morales noted the production then shifts to Los Angeles for interior and other location filming “due to the lack of state incentives in Florida, which California is providing."
Upcoming locations and impacts:
  • News Café/8th Street Beach, May 8
  • Casa Casuarina (1100 block of Ocean Drive), May 9-12 and 15-18
  • Ocean Surf Hotel (7500 Block of Ocean Terrace), May 14
In order to maintain the integrity of the 1997 period in which the story takes place, you will notice a few changes to the area during filming. In addition, various City departments and area businesses have had discussions with the production company regarding local impacts which are as follows:
  • Full closures, lane reductions and Intermittent Traffic Control (ITC) coordinated by Police for the 7500 block of Ocean Terrace, the 1100 block of Ocean Drive, the 100 blocks of 75th Street, 11th Street and 8th Street, for filming and preparation uses. This will include the removal of anachronistic Park Mobile signs, relocation of affected valet operation and providing alternative freight loading zone spaces nearby where displacement is needed.
  • Production base camp parking of trucks, trailers, tenting, etc. in the Lummus Park areas north and south of 10th Street, with Police escort and following the City’s Vehicle Access Pass policy.
NOTE: Simulated gunfire and violence, as well as police, SWAT and media reaction when they portray the crime itself, will take place on May 9.
Morales wrote, “The City is thrilled to have this quality production film here, in keeping with the Commission and Administration’s desires to remain film friendly and competitive towards attracting more production work. Despite this portraying a dark episode in the City’s history, the primary focus of the series is on the hard-working Miami Beach and Miami-Dade Police Departments, which were able to quickly solve the crime, find and stop the perpetrator before any other crimes were committed, all amid international coverage.”
Last week the Commission discussed ways to encourage the film industry to work here after the state ended its incentives.

Photo: Casa Casuarina; meunierd / Shutterstock