‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ to film more scenes in Long Beach

LONG BEACH — The Silver Fox will be closed Wednesday as film crews return to shoot scenes for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

The iconic gay bar is substituting for a Miami Beach location in the Ryan Murphy anthology.

Crews were on location at the bar in July for two days of shooting.

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“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” will focus on the life and murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was killed on the steps of his home in Miami Beach on July 15, 1997, by serial murderer Andrew Cunanan, who killed five other people that year. Cunanan committed suicide on a houseboat eight days after killing Versace.


The series stars Edgar Ramirez (Gianni Versace), “Glee” alum Darren Criss (Andrew Cunanan), Penelope Cruz (Versace’s sister, Donatella), and Ricky Martin (Gianni’s lover, Antonio D’Amico), in his first gay TV role.

Versace will be killed in the first episode of the series, which is scheduled to air in January 2018, and then the story will go back and explain Cunanan’s motive, Ryan Murphy told Daily Variety.


“It’s more than why he was killed. It’s why it was allowed to happen,” Murphy told the publication.“We’re not just doing a crime. We’re trying to talk about a crime within a social idea.”

“One of the reasons Andrew Cunanan was able to make his way across the country and pick off his victims, many of whom were gay, was because of homophobia at the time,” Murphy told Daily Variety. “Versace didn’t have to die.”

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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