In a huge acquisition, AMC Networks have announced that they have acquired the rights to two collections of Anne Rice’s material in The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches which includes a total of 18 works.
Probably best known to horror fans is The Vampire Chronicles collection which includes 1976’s Interview with the Vampire and 1988’s Queen of the Damned, both of which were adapted into feature films. Interview was, of course, adapted into the 1994 blockbuster of the same name starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and Christian Slater and then 2002’s Queen of the Damned, which was a loose adaptation of the novels The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned, starred Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah.
AMC stated that Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights) will be involved in developing the Anne Rice material for the network while Anne Rice and her son Christopher will serve as Executive Producers on any series’ or films that develop.
Anne Rice had this to say about the acquisition, “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. That dream is now a reality, and the result is one of the most significant and thrilling deals of my long career.”
Stay tuned to Horror News Network as we will break any development news AMC releases about the Anne Rice catalogue.