AMC Networks will hold comprehensive developmental rights to the properties for both network and its streaming platforms which encompass over 18 novels including Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, The Witching Hour, and Lasher. Together, the novels have sold over 150 million copies worldwide.
Anne Rice and her son and fellow author Christopher Rice will serve as executive producers on all series and films that may come from this agreement.
“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,” the author said in a press release. “That dream is now a reality, and the result is one of the most significant and thrilling deals of my long career.”
“AMC Studios is responsible for creating some of the most iconic television series of the modern era and has, at times, single-handedly defined this era we call ‘peak TV,’” Christopher Rice added in a statement. “All the members of Team Anne, including my long-term producing partner, New York Times Bestselling novelist Eric Shaw Quinn, are both thrilled and comforted to know that some of our most cherished kin, from the vampire Lestat and the witch Rowan Mayfair, to the paranormal investigators at the Order of the Talamasca and the powerful spirit Lasher, are now safely in the hands of these vastly accomplished innovators who possess both global reach and deep reservoirs of experience.”
AMC also announced that Rolin Jones (Weeds) who recently signed a deal with the company will be directly involved with developing projects from the Rice library.
“These remarkable stories and characters are massive in their appeal and we are privileged to take over stewardship of these legendary works and collaborate with a talent like Rolin Jones to find ways for new generations of fans to experience these worlds,” said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios.
The Vampire Chronicles have previously been adapted for film in Interview with the Vampire and the oft-maligned Queen of the Damned, but this will be the first chance we’ve had to see an adaptation of The Lives of the Mayfair Witches come to fruition.
iHorror will keep you posted on details as this develops further.
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