AMC networks announced that it has acquired rights to Anne Rice series The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches.
The deal which includes the two Anne Rice series encompasses 18 titles, including the popular works Interview With The Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, and The Witching Hour. Together, these two series have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.
Anne Rice is a New York Times Bestselling author of over thirty novels. Interview with the Vampire was her very first novel and was originally published back in 1976. Since then, it has become one of the bestselling novels worldwide and was also made into a film in 1994 starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, and Antonio Banderas.
AMC Networks will hold rights to develop for television networks and streaming services under the AMC studios, as well as external partner licensing. Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice would serve as executive producers on all series and films. Rolin Jones will also be directly involved in developing projects for the works of these two Anne Rice series.
“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,” said Anne Rice. “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,'” added Christopher Rice. “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.”