I thought I'll place this in this thread. It's pure speculation on my part, but it's fun to guess.
It started with this quote from Ryan Murphy in his latest interview:
From Darren Criss Army and dcriss-archive:
I posted this yesterday in the Versace
American Crime Story: Versace--Interview with Ryan Murphy
June 25, 2017
Edgar Ramirez stars as the openly gay designer, who was tragically gunned down on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, played by Darren Criss.
The limited series chronicles the bizarre murder and the manhunt for Cunanan, who targeted gay men and was responsible for five murders.Casting Darren Criss as Cunanan
Ryan Murphy: I didn’t have to convince him at all. What I like to do is give people opportunities sometimes that they would never have. And Darren is obviously a brilliant singer and a performer and a showman and did “Glee” and has been on Broadway
. When Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson and I were first talking about this idea of doing Versace as sort of the O.J. follow-up, which was around two years ago,
I immediately called Darren. Because to me he was the only one for that part.
And I just said, I’m thinking about doing this, would you be interested. And he said, well yes, very much so because it’s such a great part. And I said, ok I’ll get the contracts drawn. And then it took two years because you have to write it and you have to get it green-lit. But he was always the only person I had in mind for it because I knew that he would push himself because he was so hungry to prove himself in a different way.
And it’s a truly insane dramatic part. And he really wanted to go there. So he was the only person we talked to. He hadn’t heard from me and then he was getting ready to do another show
and the day it was announced that Versace was up, he was, oh shit what am I going to do
. But we all worked it out so he was able to get out
and commit pretty much a year to it. And he was great. Brad and Nina went to see him in “Hedwig” and he knew they were in the audience so of course he came out and sat on Brad’s lap and did the whole showbiz thing.
Ok. . . what other show was Darren getting ready to do?! Ryan, don't leave us hanging!
Was it Royalties
? I personally think it was Royalties
(1) Lin and I were chatting about this, and I think it is significant. (BTW everyone, Lin has a fantastic memory--she remembers all
Darren-related info!) Darren had posted on instagram on September 18, 2016, his haircut. I think the haircut is for TV, since he did something very similiar when he was cast on Glee
. It could be for Versace
, but I think the haircut is probably not for Versace
is limited to 9 (8?) episodes. -
September 18th, 2010 - Well guys, today’s the day. I’m finally gonna cut my hair! I’ll miss ya, longhair, but I’ll seeya soon! | Well gang, it’s done. Like it or hate it, it’ll grow back in no time! In the meantime, Dapperdarren ENGAGE!
September 18th, 2016 - The time has come! | It is done.
September 19 2016 (Source)
From these videos:
The time has come!
September 18 2016
It is done.
September 18 2016
dailydarrennewsHere is Lin's previous post (that she posted on September 18, 2016), about Darren posting his haircut on his instagram on September 18, 2016:
Of course, this reminded me of a very important haircut that happened about six years ago...
Except when I went to look up the old tweets, I noticed that this didn't just happen ABOUT six years ago, it happened EXACTLY six years ago to the date and even posted within the same hour. Did he do that on purpose?
@DarrenCriss (September 18, 2010)
@DarrenCriss (September 18, 2010)
Even Darren's use of alliteration--"dapperDarren" on September 18, 2010-- and then "clean cut Criss" on September 18, 2016 are parallels, as well as what Lin said, the two postings of his two haircuts happening not just on the same date of September 18,
but being posted within the same hour
. . . I doubt it's all coincidence.
(2) Darren is very careful about not announcing his projects until the last minute, when he's very sure they will get done. I don't think he would have mentioned (at the SF concert on November 30, 2016, at Feinstein's at the Nikko) about selling the pilot script unless he knew that the project would proceed further (note: he also tweeted about the project too):
Link to THR article
November 7, 2016
November 7, 2016
(3) Jonathan Gabay
(Vice President of comedy development and programming), and the writer Patrick Carlyle tweeted about the project, and they (along with writer Allyn Rachel, as well as Gail Berman, Joe Earley and Dani Gorin of The Jackal Group, which is a production group) all went to see Darren in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
in L.A. (November 2016)
(4) Darren mentioned Royalties
during an interview in May 2017, suggesting that this project may still be in development (I mean, he didn't say the project was over).
Darren mentioned Royalties
during an interview focusing primarily on Computer Games. It sounds like it still may be a possibility (maybe not for this Fall, but maybe for the following season)? I had wondered if because Darren had a 4-5 month commitment to film Versace
, then that meant Royalties
could not be developed for this
season since Darren would be unavailable.
DARREN AND CHUCK CRISS OF COMPUTER GAMES ON MAKING MUSIC AS BROTHERS AND EMBRACING CHEESY DANCE MUSIC.
What other projects have you guys been working on? Chuck, have you been working on any other musical projects since Freelance Whales? Darren, have you been working on any TV projects since Glee?
[. . . ]
Darren: Before Glee, my main squeeze was my group Starkid. Basically, out of college, my big break was an internet comedy group that changed my life. Starkid was my musical, creative outlet. That's when I realized I could be a songwriter for a living, which is why I eventually ended up writing songs for Glee. The last songs I wrote was right when I joined Glee. That was the last Billboard record I had. Anyway, that was my outlet for writing songs. Right after Glee, I have a singer-songwriter EP in the can, which I'm waiting to put out later this year. I was originally going to put out the singer-songwriter EP at the same time I put out the Computer Games EP. After being absent for a while, I didn't want to confuse fans or people who weren't familiar with myself, to focus on one thing at a time. I have a TV pilot I've been in development with for a while. There's a lot percolating. That's also why it was important to get Computer Games out, because it's only three songs. We thought it was cool to put out the songs, tour and let it incubate before we put out a full-length. We're using the "figuring it out as we go" model.
All just my speculation, but that's my position.
Anyone want to weigh in on this topic?