It’s time to get spooky once again as it has been announced that AMC Networks has acquired the rights to produce original content based on two iconic supernatural book series by horror novelist Anne Rice: The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches.
This deal will include the rights to 18 titles from both series, including the popular Interview With The Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and The Witching Hour. Such an impressive spread of titles means it is possible for AMC to developed an interconnected TV universe, much like CW’s Arrowverse.
As reported by Variety, with the deal, AMC Networks will now hold the rights to develop films and TV shows related to the series “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.”
“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,” said Anne Rice in a press statement. “That dream is now a reality, and the result is one of the most significant and thrilling deals of my long career.”
The Vampire Chronicles first found its way to the silver screen with Neil Jordan’s 1994 adaptation of it starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, Interview with the Vampire. Attempts have been made to revive the series, both for film and TV, since then but sadly it all fell through.
With AMC picking up the reins, there is hope once again for The Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches to be introduced to a new generation of audiences.