Anne Rice’s interview with the vampire, which had already been adapted in a 1994 film, sinks its teeth into the small screen. AMC has commissioned Rice’s Tale as a series and will feature the eight-episode first season on its cable network and AMC + streaming platform next year.
Last year, the company acquired 18 of Rice’s most iconic works in a major deal that included stories from The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches. Interview is the first of many titles the network plans to produce.
“The challenge of adapting Anne Rice’s groundbreaking and immensely compelling work for television is both intimidating and exhilarating,” executive producer Mark Johnson said in a statement. “I firmly believe that with AMC and [showrunner/EP] Rolin Jones we are equipped to meet this challenge, and to delight and entertain both the faithful fan of Anne Rice and the spectator who has just discovered her work … Louis and Lestat come out of their hiding place and we can not wait to find them with you.”
Not only is Johnson taking the lead in the development of Interview, he’s also tasked with transforming AMC’s entire Anne Rice collection into an expanded broadcast and television universe.
“It’s a day we’ve been looking forward to since we acquired this legendary collection from Anne Rice just over a year ago,” said Dan McDermott, President of Original Programming, AMC Networks and from AMC Studios, in a statement. “We look forward to sharing this new take on the classic given by Rolin and Mark, as we continue to work on the development of the entire collection. “
AMC’s full list of Vampire Chronicles titles includes The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch The Devil, The Vampire Armand, Pandora, Vittorio the Vampire, Blood and Gold, Prince Lestat, Prince Lestat and the Kingdoms of Atlantis and Communion of Blood: A Story of Prince Lestat. Mayfair Witches series titles include The Witching Hour, Lasher, and Taltos, in addition to the crossover novels Merrick, Blackwood Farm, and Blood Canticle.
Interview With the Vampire was previously adapted into a 1994 feature film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and Christian Slater. It was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Artistic Direction and Best Original Music) and earned Dunst a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
A television universe of The Vampire Chronicles has been in the works for years. Prior to the big AMC buyout, it was reported that Rice and her son Christopher were teaming up with producer Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and that Hulu was considering the project. Fuller, however, was officially released in July 2018.
Hear it, Rice fans: Are you excited to finally see Louis and Lestat on the small screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!