AMC Orders Series Adaptation for Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire
Earlier this year we reported on AMC obtaining the rights for Anne Rice’s popular Vampire Chronicles books, as well as her Mayfair Witches series. Now the network is moving ahead with developing shows based on the intellectual property. And they are starting from the beginning, with a series adaptation of Interview With The Vampire. AMC will develop an eight-part series based on the first book of the Vampire Chronicles.
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Interview With The Vampire is the first book in a much longer series and the huge interconnected world of Anne Rice. It is also the book that people are most familiar with. This is of course due to the 1990’s film adaptation of Interview With The Vampire that saw Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt bring the vampires Lestat and Louis to life. It is difficult to top that iconic film. But with author Anne Rice and her son Christopher closely involved in production, we have high hopes for the upcoming AMC series.
The Vampire Chronicles Gets Series Order And Showrunner
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AMC has also hired some showrunners to take charge of the Interview With The Vampire series adaptation. Producer Mark Johnson of Better Call Saul will oversee production. And Rolin Jones of Perry Mason fame will be acting as showrunner, as part of his overall deal with AMC Studios.
“The challenge of adapting for television the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is both intimidating and exhilarating,” Johnson says. “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.”
AMC Needs New Prestige Genre Television Shows
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The announcement of the upcoming Vampire Chronicles universe on AMC was a timely one. It comes as AMC’s biggest shows like Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead are nearing their respective endings. The network has established themselves over the years as a destination for prestige genre television. Tackling the world of Anne Rice’s vampires and witches will ensure that AMC has genre programming scheduled for years.
Fortunately for AMC, this is a book series that has legions of devoted fans who have been waiting for years to see proper adaptations of other books in the Vampire Chronicles beyond Interview With The Vampire. I’m personally looking forward to a proper adaptation of The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned.
“In 1973, a grieving mother and extraordinary writer began what would become the finest vampire novel ever written. All respects to Mr. Stoker,” says showrunner Rolin Jones. “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 reunite them with you.”
No casting news has been announced as of yet for the upcoming Interview With The Vampire adaptation on AMC. But you know we’ll be keeping a close eye on these upcoming shows as they develop. To stay up to date on all of the latest news, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.