Just a year after Variety released an exclusive report that AMC had acquired the rights to some of Rice’s works, including The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches, this news comes with an official green light on an order for 18 of Rice’s novels. According to AMC, Interview With the Vampire is the first show to be greenlit out of the acquisition.
AMC has ordered the series to be eight episodes long for now, and the cabler is confident about a 2022 debut on both AMC and AMC Plus. The producer of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Mark Johnson, is developing the Interview With the Vampire show and other projects in the Anne Rice universe, and the co-creator of Perry Mason, Rolin Jones, is producing and writing the Interview With the Vampire series.
For those unfamiliar, Interview with the Vampire is the first novel in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series, first published in 1976. It follows the story of a vampire named Louis, who throughout the story recounts his life with vampire Lestat to a modern day human, and in 1994 it was adapted as a film starring Tom Cruise as Lestat and Brad Pitt as Louis.
“This is a day we have been looking forward to since we acquired this legendary Anne Rice collection a little more than a year ago,” said Dan McDermott, who currently serves as the president of original programming for AMC. “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.”