AMC has acquired the rights to Anne Rice‘s The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches according to Variety. AMC and Rice reached a deal to develop multiple projects for the AMC network and AMC Studios streaming services. Rice and her son Christopher Rice will serve as executive producers on all developed series and films.
The Vampire Chronicles tells the adventures of Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman turned vampire in the 18th century. Elements of Lestat’s story are also found in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches. That story centers around the Mayfair family, who happen to be witches tied to a spirit named Lasher. Could there be some crossovers in the making?
Rice re-acquired the theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles novels in 2016. Since then Rice and her son have been working on their own adaptation. The original plan was to adapt 11 of the 17 works. Paramount was the first to jump on board, but that deal fell through. Then Hulu picked up the project, but ultimately decided not to move forward.
“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.” – Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios
I am a huge fan of AMC and the content that they’ve put out in the last decade. I honestly believe AMC will do the books justice and will give Rice an opportunity to tell her stories her way. This project has been in the works for a long time. Let’s hope we see something soon.
The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches are officially in development at AMC.