Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire will be coming to AMC and AMC+ as a new series in 2022.
According to a press release producer Mark Johnson, who previously worked on shows like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Halt and Catch Fire, will lead the development of the full Anne Rice collection that AMC has acquired.
Friday Night Lights’ Rolin Jones will serve as creator and showrunner for Interview and will lead the eight-episode first season.
“The challenge of adapting for television the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is both intimidating and exhilarating,” says Johnson in a statement.
“In 1973, a grieving mother and extraordinary writer began what would become the finest Vampire novel ever written (all respects to Mr. Stoker),” Jones adds. “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.”
AMC announced it acquired the rights to Anne Rice’s novels in 2020 with plans to turn The Vampire Chronicles into an interconnected TV universe.
Interview With the Vampire is the first in a series of Vampire novels written by Anne Rice starting in 1976. The series primarily follows Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman-turned-vampire who stars in several of Rice’s Vampire novels.
A movie adaptation of Interview with the Vampire was released in 1994 starring Tom Cruise as Lioncourt and became a box-office success.
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AMC’s president of original programming Dan McDermott says the Anne Rice series will sit alongside The Walking Dead and an upcoming Agatha Christie adaptation as part of a growing library of franchises for the network.
Given the numerous spinoffs AMC has produced for The Walking Dead and the size of the Anne Rice collection, the network seems eager to expand the Vampire universe as far as it can go.
Meanwhile, AMC will continue to focus on developing movies and shows off popular franchises like The Walking Dead, which now include three upcoming movies starring Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.