This week, a script from FX’s hit series American Horror Story was stolen from the set. The theft of one or even a few script pages might not be a huge deal for every TV series, but for the heavily-detailed American Horror Story, a leak of a page is a big deal. To make matters worse, the script page is being shopped around to various outlets.
We don’t know much about whose script was purloined, but we do know a little bit about the stolen script. Reportedly, the page that was stolen is from a scene involving Pepper, detailing how the American Horror Story: Freak Show character ended up in Briarcliff Manor, the place she is stuck in during Season 2 of the hit series, subtitled Asylum. This almost sounds like a spoiler without reading the script, but if you’ve been keeping tabs on casting news, you should already be expecting this plot.
A few weeks ago, Lily Rabe was signed on to join American Horror Story: Freak Show. Ryan Murphy often signs on actors and actresses for more than one season, but what is striking about this casting is who Rabe is set to play. She’s signed on to play Sister Mary Eunice, her character from Asylum. When she was cast, we found out Sister Mary Eunice’s sole purpose was to get Pepper to Briarcliff, making the connection between the two seasons even stronger.
In fact, the upcoming scene also led to showrunner Ryan Murphy noting that all seasons of his hit FX drama are actually connected. So, while the stolen American Horror Story script has not yet been published online, the plot is still a pretty big deal. It’s easy to see why somebody on the set might snatch it up and try to make a few bucks from the script, but we’re still pretty happy the secrets haven’t been leaked before the episode has premiered. At least not yet.
TMZ first broke the news and reached out to the show’s parent company, 20th Century Fox TV, who obviously is displeased about the turn of events. Fox spoke out to the outlet about their opinion on the theft.
"The theft and unauthorized distribution of our scripts is a very serious matter and we will take all appropriate steps necessary to vigorously protect our intellectual property."
Script thefts are actually more common than you would think with popular movies and television. A couple of years ago, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston left a script in his car that was stolen before the final season hit the schedule. Even more notably, Quentin Tarantino’s script for The Hateful Eight was leaked early in 2014, leading to a temporary halt on the project. Hopefully, the Freak Show script will stay out of the public eye until the big episode airs.
You can catch new episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET.