Lestat and Louis will head to the small screen. AMC just officially greenlit an Interview with the Vampire TV series.
The Anne Rice novel was previously adapted as a film in 1994 starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
Last year, AMC networks acquired the rights to 18 of Rice’s books. The company plans to create a franchise from Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches series. Breaking Bad producer Mark Johnson will oversee the rollout and take the lead in developing the universe.
“The challenge of adapting for television the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is both intimidating and exhilarating,” Johnson said. “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.”
AMC will develop Interview with the Vampire as an eight-part series. Rolin Jones (Perry Mason) will serve as showrunner and writer. Anne and Christopher Rice will also board the project as non-writing executive producers.
“In 1973, a grieving mother and extraordinary writer began what would become the finest Vampire novel ever written, all respects to Mr. Stoker,” Jones said. “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. We feel you over our shoulders as we tend the Savage Garden. Louis and Lestat are coming out of hiding and we can’t wait to re-unite them with you.”
Interview with the Vampire will arrive on AMC+ in 2022.