The community behind “The Walking Dead” and supernatural horror drama “NOS4A2” simply bought quite a bit scarier.
AMC introduced Thursday that it has greenlit “Interview With the Vampire,” a series primarily based on writer Anne Rice’s 1976 debut novel, which is a part of the e book series “The Vampire Chronicles.”
The first eight-episode season is predicted to premiere subsequent yr on each the AMC community and AMC+.
Last yr, AMC landed the rights to the 18 titles in Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” and “Lives of the Mayfair Witches” series as a part of a take care of the writer and her son, Christopher Rice, each of whom will serve as non-writing govt producers.
AMC plans to construct a multi-show universe round the Rice books. The acquisition might form as much as be a fruitful one — the pair of e book series has bought greater than 150 million copies worldwide.
“Interview” facilities on Louis de Pointe du Lac, who tells his life story to a reporter merely referred to as “the boy.” In 1791, Louis meets a vampire named Lestat de Lioncourt, who in flip transforms him right into a vampire. Throughout the novel, the immortal Louis involves phrases together with his new vampire self, however he nonetheless expresses repulsion towards Lestat and his lack of compassion for the people upon which he preys.
Rice composed the novel shortly after the demise of her daughter Michelle, who served as an inspiration for the child-vampire Claudia in the novel.
Mark Johnson, the prolific producer behind “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” will serve as govt producer alongside Rolin Jones — the mastermind behind “Perry Mason” and “Friday Night Lights” who can even serve as the creator and showrunner.
“The challenge of adapting for television the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is both intimidating and exhilarating,” mentioned Johnson in an announcement Thursday. “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.”
The novel was tailored right into a 1994 movie starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas. The 2002 movie “Queen of the Damned,” starring the late singer Aaliyah, additionally took inspiration from the novel.
Universal additionally deliberate yet one more adaptation of “Interview” in 2016 from Josh Boone, the director behind “Fault in Our Stars.” However, plans for that fell by way of.
In 2017, Paramount TV Studios and Anonymous Content optioned rights to 11 books from “The Vampire Chronicles.” In 2018, Hulu then landed the series however dropped it a yr later. That left AMC with an ideal alternative to attain rights to each that series and “Lives of the Mayfair Witches” and adapt them for tv.
“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,” mentioned Dan McDermott, president of authentic programming at AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “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 by Rolin and Mark, as we continue to work on developing the entire collection.”