Anne Rice's bestselling Vampire Chronicles has a new TV home and the Mayfair Witches are coming with them.
Recent pop culture movies and TV series have led a lot of young viewers to believe that vampires glitter under the Sun or they like to attend high school and fall in love with humans. If you look at old school literature, you will realize, vampires, are anything but that. Be it Bram Stoker's Dracula or Salem's Lot by Stephen King, vampires were the creatures of the night that we all feared.
When The Interview With A Vampire released in 1994, it was a blockbuster hit. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise shone in their respective roles and Anne Rice, the author of the novel on which the movie was based, became a household name. Now, we bring good news for all horror and fantasy fans out there as we learn that AMC has acquired the rights to Rice's book series Lives of the Mayfair Witches and The Vampire Chronicles, reported Variety.
After acquiring the rights, AMC has all kinds of plans to develop movies and television projects for its own networks and streaming services that fall under the AMC Studios, along with external partners licensing. Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice will serve as executive producers on all movies or series that will be developed based on her works.
The deal acquired by AMC includes 18 titles from both The Vampire Chronicles and The Mayfair Witches, and it will also include Interview With the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, and The Witching Hour.
The company released a press statement saying AMC has all the rights to develop movies and TV series related to Rice's works "for its own television networks and streaming services under the AMC Studios umbrella, as well as external partner licensing, with Anne Rice and son Christopher Rice serving as executive producers on all series and films."
In an interview with Variety, Rice said, "It’s always been my dream to see the worlds of my two biggest series united under a single roof so that filmmakers could explore the expansive and interconnected universe of my vampires and witches. That dream is now a reality, and the result is one of the most significant and thrilling deals of my long career.”
Her Vampire Chronicles series consists of 13 novels so far, i.e., excluding two loosely related novels released under the New Tales of the Vampires banner. Since the announcement, the project has changed hands quite a number of times. Bryan Fuller, who himself is a longtime fan of Rice's work, signed her in 2018 to help her with a project. But it never saw the light of day, but the project was picked up by HULU in the same year as a potential streaming franchise.
By the end of 2019, even HULU dropped The Vampire Chronicles and the series, once again, was left to look for a new home. Now, with AMC on its side, it looks like things are officially moving forward.
Rice began penning The Vampire Chronicles in 1976, her breakout debut novel being Interview With the Vampire. The author would go on to write nine more novels over three decades. In 2014, Rice made a comeback to her vampires with the much-anticipated Prince Lestat, and since then, she has added two more novels to the series. Needless to say, it has greatly expanded the myth surrounding the blood drinkers.