Report: American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy could leave Fox after Disney deal

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Jan 5, 2018, 11:06 AM EST (Updated)

After working with Fox on the anthology horror hit American Horror Story (and many other) series since 2011, TV writer and producer Ryan Murphy might consider leaving the company after its merger with Disney, according to a new report.

The TV hitmaker’s contract expires sometime next year and the New York Times says that he is “weighing whether he would stick around” depending on Disney’s involvement after their acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox.

Though Murphy said that “three months ago, [he] thought [he] would be literally buried on the Fox lot,” due to his lucrative and prolific working relationships with Fox’s TV execs, now that Disney is in the mix, his particular brand of edgy content may clash with the new head honchos.

Summarizing his concerns with the pithy “Am I going to have to put Mickey Mouse in American Horror Story?,” (though the NYT reports that Disney execs say no), Murphy’s decision will be impactful to the future of the Disney/Fox strategy since many believe the acquisition was primarily undertaken to strengthen Disney’s back catalog of streaming content. And nobody churns out content like Murphy, with a dozen or so new shows either created, written, or produced over the last half decade.

Though Disney obviously isn't expected to turn FX into a PG-rated network, as Gary Newman, co-chairman of the Fox Television group, assures, potential creative concerns likely don’t stop with Murphy — but he may be the most prominent creator to jump ship should things take a turn.