American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy has hinted that the upcoming third season will have a lighter tone.

The FX drama was picked up for a third turn in November, with Murphy telling Entertainment Weekly that he wants an "evil glamour" tone for the new episodes.

"I don't think anything could ever be as dark as the mental health care system in our country," Murphy said, referring to the US show’s season two asylum setting.

He added that season three owill incorporate a "Romeo & Juliet youth story" similar to the first season arc that featured Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and Tate (Evan Peters).

"I want something like that again and we're doing something like that in the third season," he confirmed. "And we're contemplating shooting the show in a different place.

“We're contemplating shooting it in a place in the country where true horror has been. We've got lots of delicious plans."

Cast regular Jessica Lange is set to return to American Horror Story for the new season. Additional cast members are yet to be announced.

Season two stars Chloe Sevigny, Mark Margolis and Lizzie Brocheré have all expressed a desire to return to the show.