O.J. Simpson, a San Francisco native, is the subject of a new television miniseries on FOX, the broadcast network announced Wednesday. Simpson was a professional football player in the 1970s and returned to his hometown team, the 49ers, for the final two years of his career. The series, however, will focus more on the accusation that he killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in 1994.
Jeffrey Toobin's 1996 book, "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson," is the basis for the series, which is tentatively using that title as well. That 1995 murder trial, which has become known as "The Trial of the Century," lasted eight months, and was an early case that utilized DNA evidence. It was the reasonable doubt of that evidence that led the jury to famously acquit Simpson, a verdict that approximately 150 million people watched on television.
This project joins several others in development for FOX, including "Wayward Pines" from M. Night Shyamalan, and "Blood Brothers," based on the West Point Class of 1861.