Those of a certain age group undoubtedly remember the key moments in the O.J. Simpson trial. The gloves. Judge Ito and his courtroom antics. Johnnie Cochran's impassioned plea with the jury to acquit. That Bronco chase, perhaps. But with time comes a tendency to forget.
For The People v O.J. Simpson scribes Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, diving back into that case was like going down the proverbial rabbit hole. Reading Jeffrey Toobin's book, The Run of His Life, on which the series was based, was only the beginning. They claim to have 40 or 50 books sitting in their offices, including Simpson's tome If I Did It, which was ghostwritten by Pablo Fenjves -; a witness for the prosecution in the original case. They also waded through a plethora of information, footage and interviews, resulting in the script viewers have seen unfold on FX each week for the past several weeks. It all culminates with Tuesday's finale, "The Verdict."
"It was important to us that the last episode ends dramatically, but we also knew at the time that we were going to have to hint about what was going to happen afterwards," Karaszewski tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The essential thing was wrapping up O.J.'s personal story, which was that when he got out, he thought 'not guilty' meant he would be able to go back to his old life of doing Hertz commercials and Naked Gun movies. We had to communicate that his life was going to be ruined, that he could never go back to being the guy he once was."
Fitting everything into the tight timeline means that certain aspects of the trial wound up compressed (days of DNA evidence wound up warranting a dramatic three-minute scene), while other tidbits were left on the cutting room floor. Alexander and Karaszewski recall Vanity Fair writer Dominick Dunne being called away to do a Princess Diana profile in the middle of the trial, but being worried that he'd lose his seat until Ito convinced him to go. The first thing she asked about was the trial. Or an earlier script of their finale that included Marcia Clark's emergency dental surgery the night before closing arguments, in which she returned to her office immediately afterwards to continue working through the night.
"There was also a police pal of O.J.'s named Ron Shipp who was at that time working security for O.J. and had this wackadoodle story that O.J. had told him about a dream where he had killed Nicole Brown," Alexander says. "Shipp actually testified and looked O.J. in the eye and said, 'This is sad O.J., this is sad.' Then suddenly Ron Shipp was being jumped upon in the press the next day as a traitor to the black community. It's endless, how much of this stuff there was."
Once the cameras fade out on Tuesday, there are no plans for the scribes to follow-up with anymore Simpson-related projects. The duo are still disappointed, however, that they weren't able to somehow incorporate E!'s coverage of the subsequent civil trial, which included nightly reenactments of the transcripts by paid actors when new judge Hiroshi Fujisaki disallowed cameras in the courtroom.
"There's a world where other writers would have said 'Oh, fun, we'll put it in anyway.' But we didn't want to fudge anything major," Alexander says
The duo will remain on board as producers for the second season of American Crime Story, but have no plans to write it. They're also developing Toobin's latest book, about Patty Hearst's kidnapping, into a big screen adaptation for Fox 2000 now that "the ink is wet" on that tome.
"It has a lot of parallels to the O.J. trial in the sense that it was this huge case in the middle of the 1970s in which the radical kidnappers sort of used the press to push their agenda and it became a bit of a media circus as well," Alexander says. "Obviously there are like 29 more O.J. programs that are going to show up on TV -; a tidal wave, or a tsunami of O.J. projects. But I can't imagine the purpose of dramatizing anything further."
The People v O.J. Simpson wraps Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX.
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 21, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson holds up his hands before the jury after putting on a new pair of gloves similar to the infamous bloody gloves during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles. The return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom next Monday, May, 13, will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and in the process changed the country's attitude toward the justice system, the media and celebrity. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, Pool, File)
Defense attorney Robert Shapiro (L) sits next to O.J. Simpson during a preliminary hearing following the murders of Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman July 7, 1994 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
Johnnie Cochran Jr., left, and Gerald Uelmen leave the Criminal Courts Building following the arraignment of O.J. Simpson on murder charges Friday, July 22, 1994, in Los Angeles. Cochran, who is a high-profile attorney known for his trials kills and links to the city's African-American community, is the latest addition to Simpson's defense team, which also includes Uelmen. (AP Photo/Chris Martinez)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Prosecutor Marcia Clark complains to the judge 27 February about a second statement by Rosa Lopez, a key defense witness, that was not released by the defense. Lopez, a housekeeper to a neighbor of O.J. Simpson's, claims to have seen a white Ford Bronco outside his home at around the time the prosecution claim the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman took place. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
Witness Brian "Kato" Kaelin testifies under direct examination during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building in this Tuesday, March 21, 1995 photo. (AP Photo/John McCoy, Pool)
FILE - This file photo combo shows O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, left, and her friend Ron Goldman, both of whom were murdered and found dead in Los Angeles on June 12, 1994. O.J. Simpson was arrested in connection to the murder and acquitted of the crime. Simpson is now serving nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison after a jury found him guilty in 2008 of leading the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas, and he's seeking a new trial because he says his longtime lawyer failed to disclose that he knew about the plan in advance and told Simpson it was legal and provided bad advice at trial. (AP Photo/File)
FILE--Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman testifies in the Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles Thursday, March 9, 1995. The calm, controlled voice of Mark Fuhrman sliced through the O.J. Simpson courtroom Tuesday on racially explosive tapes offered by the defense to unmask the detective as ``L.A.'s worst nightmare,'' a racist, lying policeman. It was the same voice jurors heard months ago when the investigator who found the bloody glove on Simpson's property swore under oath that he had not used the word ``nigger'' in the last 10 years. (AP Photo/Pool, Kim Kulish)
Los Angeles Police Department Det. Philip Vannatter denied lying to the jury in the O.J. Simpson trial when he testified that he didn't consider Simpson a suspect when investigators entered his estate without a warrant Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1995, at Simpson's double-murrder trial in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy, Pool)
Los Angeles Police Department criminalist Dennis Fung, right, arrives with Brown family attorney, John Kelly, at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996 for the wrongful-death civil case against O.J. Simpson. Fung was on the stand on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
Potential O.J. Simpson alibi witness Rosa Lopez testifies in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, March 2, 1995, without the jury present during Simpson's double-murder trial. The woman billed in Johnnie Cochran Jr.'s opening statement as the Maid With the Alibi came to court in late February, testified under protest, hopped on a plane to El Salvador and hasn't been heard from since. (AP Photo/Blake Sell, Pool)
Limousine driver Allan Park, left, testifies while attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. displays a bag during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles Wednesday, March 29, 1995. (AP Photo/Hal Garb, Pool)
Prosecutor Christopher Darden points at a chart during his closing arguments as Marcia Clark looks on, Friday, Sept. 29, 1995, in a Los Angeles courtroom during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial. Darden said to the jurors ``It's time to stand up. It is time to stand up. The Constitution says a man has no right to kill and get away with it just because one of the investigating officers is a racist.'' (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, pool)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: O.J. Simpson (R) whispers to Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey (L) during testimony of FBI special agent William Bodziak 19 June during the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles. Bodziak compared one of O.J. Simpson's tennis shoes to a model of the Italian-made Bruno Magli shoes, which left imprints at the murder scene of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: O.J. Simpson defense attorney Alan Dershowitz (standing) gestures during a motion to Judge Lance Ito 16 June in which he said that the standard of juror dismissals must be changed. The defense has accused the prosecution of juror targeting and hiding witnesses. Seated are (L-R) prosecutor Marcia Clark and Scott Gordon. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
Defense attorney Barry Scheck, right, continues his cross- examination of Los Angeles Police criminalist Collin Yamauchi, Friday, May 26, 1995, during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool)
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito yells in court during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles Friday, Sept. 29, 1995. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, Pool)