From ‘Dahmer’ to Disney: Ryan Murphy Changes Course

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Creator, director, and producer Ryan Murphy is best known for his wildly graphic and horrifically violent content, including his recent serial killer bio series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, starring Evan Peters. Now, Bloomberg reports, he’s making the unlikely jump from Netflix to Disney.

Ryan Murphy is also behind popular television shows such as Nip/Tuck, Glee, Scream Queens, and Pose. His successful anthology horror series American Horror Story premiered in 2011 and has since become a cultural phenomenon with its unique storytelling and exceptional performances. Not to mention extremely adult and disturbing elements.

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There’s no question that Murphy is a talented artist, it just seems some of his most iconic work doesn’t quite match up with The Walt Disney Company’s brand. In fact…they’re polar opposites. So how does one go from Jeffrey Dahmer to Mickey Mouse?

Certainly, television like Glee is more Disney’s speed, and Bloomberg reports that Ryan Murphy will reunite with former executives from that show in this new endeavor. Luckily the year-long contract discussions were complete before the writers strike, but Murphy still has to finish out his time at Netflix before anything is concrete.

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Ryan Murphy is a close personal friend of Disney Entertainment’s co-chair Dana Walden. Ryan’s time at Netflix could have been more impressive, as much of the content he produced with the streaming platform underperformed. His hits Dahmer and The Watcher came late in his five-year contract with Netflix.

Bloomberg notes that while “Disney is looking to cut $5.5 billion and has fired thousands of workers, the company does own most of Murphy’s catalog, which allows it to buy him out of future royalties as part of his deal.”

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Fans are surprised an excited to see what television projects may emerge from Ryan Murphy’s collaboration with Disney. While his horror and thriller-related content is what fans know him best for, Disney fans hope the creator will offer equally thrilling content on a Mickey Mouse-approved scale.

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!