Anne Rice’s 1994 vampire masterpiece – Interview With The Vampire, is finally getting a series adaptation. AMC is working on a small screen adaptation of the cult classic movie, which starred Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in major roles. The cable network has ordered an eight part series based on the 1994 movie’s story arc.
AMC is currently on a mad shopping spree. It has went on to acquire the rights to many well known classics. From books, to old shows and classic movies, AMC is acquiring them all. It has recently acquired the rights to a staggering 18 Anne Rice books last year alone. The numbers have only increased this year. AMC probably intends to start a Vampire Chronicles small screen universe with Rice’s work being its center piece.
The network is planning something big. AMC probably intends to turn Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches book series into small screen franchises. To top it off, renowned producer Mark Johnson who was the man behind Breaking Bad and the ongoing better Call Saul series, will be overseeing the entire project from start to finish. Johnson and AMC have reportedly joined forces after an exclusive deal which grants Johnson creative authority over the entire universe AMC intends to create.
Apart from Johnson, another popular name about to be associated with the project is Rolin Jones. Jones served as co-creator and showrunner for HBO’s Perry Mason Season 1. Rolin Jones will serve as an executive producer along with Mark Johnson. Anne and Christopher Rice will also be a part of the project, serving as AMC’s non-writing executive producers.
The series is set to air in AMC and AMC’s streaming service – AMC+ in 2022. Mark Johnson had this to say to Variety on the upcoming Interview With The Vampire series:
“The challenge of adapting for television the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is both intimidating and exhilarating,” Mark Johnson said. “Having previously produced films from such singular works, I recognize both the responsibility and the obligation we owe the material. I strongly believe that with AMC and Rolin Jones we are equipped to meet this challenge and to thrill and entertain both the loyal Anne Rice fan and the viewer who is just now discovering her work.”
Rolin Jones added:
“In 1973, a grieving mother and extraordinary writer began what would become the finest vampire novel ever written, all respects to Mr. Stoker. Nearly fifty years later we know what’s expected of us. We know how much this book and the ones that follow mean to their massive fan base. We feel you over our shoulders as we tend the Savage Garden. Louis and Lestat are coming out of hiding and we can’t wait to re-unite them with you.”
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Dan McDermott, President of AMC Studios & AMC Network Original Programming claimed a whole new era of television’s coming:
“This story already has millions of fans in the U.S. and around the world, we can’t wait to share this new interpretation of the classic brought to life by Rolin and Mark, as we continue to work on developing the entire collection. With The Walking Dead, this Anne Rice collection and our majority stake in Agatha Christie Limited through our own Acorn TV, we are proud to have the stewardship of three unique, fan-forward and beloved franchises and universes, which we are only just beginning to explore. We are also thrilled to have Mark, a world class producer we have previously worked with on iconic series like Breaking Bad, Rectify, Halt and Catch Fire and Better Call Saul on board at the helm of our efforts to develop an entire Anne Rice universe, with significant aspirations for these beloved stories and characters.”