After years of ups and downs—including a brief time at Hulu—the rights to Anne Rice’s
The deal encompasses 18 of Rice’s novels in total, spanning over 45 years of supernatural storytelling. Like the novels, the vampires and the witches will live in a shared universe. The new deal with AMC is focused on television, but will also include movies and internet content. Anne Rice and her son Christopher will serve as executive producers on all future series. Here is everything we know about Anne Rice’s Gothic world coming to the small screen.
In a statement, the celebrated Gothic writer 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.”
Fellow executive producer Christopher Rice added “All the members of Team Anne, including my long-term producing partner,
No word yet on when production will begin, but given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we shouldn’t expect any real movement on that front until next year. Nevertheless, this is the news fans of these series have been eagerly awaiting.
Now, these beloved vampires are coming to TV in a new series that will soon be on AMC, along with Rice’s celebrated clan of Mayfair Witches from New Orleans. Although the series is still in the earliest stages, here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming historical fantasy drama.
How Did Lestat Go from Movies to TV?
The journey from book to films to television for Anne Rice’s legendary series of novels has been a long and winding one.
Despite the fact that Hollywood seemed too scared to make this movie accurately, many attempts were made and several different scripts were written. After Rice wrote the first sequel book,
The movie was directed by Neil Jordan, and starred superstar Tom Cruise as Lestat, and then up-and-comer Brad Pitt as Louis, the titular interviewed vampire. The film also famously also introduced Kirsten Dunst as the child vampire Claudia. Though it was a big hit, no follow-up film was ever pursued. The property languished at Warner Bros for many years before the company made a relatively low budget sequel to
None of the original cast returned, and actor Stuart Townsend replaced Tom Cruise as Lestat. The film combined elements of the second and third novels in the series, but ultimately resembled neither book, leaving most of the fans bitterly disappointed. Only the late singer Aaliyah, who played the titular Queen Akasha, really left any kind of impression. It is only very loosely based on the original novel of the same name.
As vampire mania spread throughout the world thanks to several other fangtastic movies and shows, the rights to
While all this was happening, it was becoming clear to the fans, and Rice herself, that the small screen would be a far better place in this day and age for a property like
Back in 2017, Hulu had the rights for
So Who Is Behind the TV Series?
AMC has acquired both series of novels in perpetuity, for both television and film. Both Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice will be the show’s executive producers, along with Rolin Jones (
Who Is Playing Lestat and the Other Characters?
Although Anne Rice has frequently gone on her Facebook page and solicited the fans advice when it comes to who should play the vampires in the series, no casting decisions have been made so far.
Will The Show Cover All the Books in the Series?
The new deal with AMC studios cover a whopping 18 books in both
Will Season One Begin with
Interview with the Vampire?
Nope. The second novel in the series,
The second book is long enough to comprise up to two seasons of television, so viewers may not meet fan favorite vampires Louis and Claudia until season three…or even later! Christopher Rice has completed work on the pilot script for the series, whose title “Wolf Killer” suggest the show starts right where book two begins. As seen above, Rice tweeted the cover for the script in May of 2018.
When Will The Series Premiere?
Still unknown. With AMC acquiring the rights as of May of 2020, we would imagine that the earliest fans could see the series would be in the summer or fall of 2022, depending on how soon the show goes into production. It may debut as late as 2023 if the coronavirus pandemic pushes production for this even further.
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