After vampires and witches, an entire Anne Rice universe?
AMC has big plans for the characters and storylines laid out in the many novels of the late Anne Rice, and that may even include an MCU-style project, according to a report in Variety.
Small-screen adaptations of Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and Mayfair Witches are already in the AMC pipeline for release later this year, but AMC President of Entertainment Dan McDermott recently said those shows may only be the tip of the iceberg.
“We have other projects that are in development,” McDermott told Variety. “We plan to have five or six series in that universe over the next five or six years.”
And, he added, they may even “pull characters from different shows and do what we call an ‘all-star’ series–taking supporting characters, and maybe a lead character, from a show and doing an original series that is based on the Anne Rice universe.”
The best model, he said, would be “an Avengers-style series, where you take characters from different shows and bring them together and tell an original story using them and their backstory. The objective is to honor the source material and the characters’ stories. I think that’s a really exciting proposition.”
The eight-episode first season of AMC’s Interview with the Vampire–from creator and showrunner Rolin Jones–stars Sam Reid as Lestat, Jacob Anderson as Louis and Bailey Bass as Claudia. As fans know, Rice’s 1976 horror classic was also adapted to the big screen in a 1994 feature film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
The first season of Mayfair Witches–led by showrunner Esta Spalding and executive producer Michelle Ashford–is based on Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy that follows a family of witches whose fortunes have been guided by a spirit named Lasher.
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