For over forty years, author Anne Rice created a rich world of characters, settings and mythology around Lestat de Lioncourt. Beginning with Interview with the Vampire in 1976 and concluding with Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat in 2018, jut three years before her death, Rice’s Vampire Chronicles were hugely popular, selling over 80 million copies. Interview with the Vampire was adapted into a feature film in 1994, but despite a couple of failed attempts to adapt The Vampire Chronicles into live-action projects, Rice’s books never materialized into finished products despite the growing desire by fans to immerse themselves in shared universes.
All that changed when AMC acquired the rights to Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches, in May of 2020. AMC immediately began developing Interview with the Vampire as a series and the project’s first season is set to debut on October 2nd, 2022. Apparently, the wait must have been worth it, as AMC has now ordered a second season of Interview with the Vampire ahead of the series’ debut. Dan McDermott, President of Original Programming for AMC shared the news in an official release.
The scope and breadth of this show, and what Mark and Rolin have delivered, is just stupendous. They have rendered the rich and vibrant world of Anne Rice’s Interview in a wonderful way, and we’re incredibly proud. From the set build, to production design, costumes and more — no detail was overlooked. This stellar cast deliver powerful performances that emotionally connect us to these characters and their humanity,. We look forward to sharing the final product of this extraordinary effort with audiences in just a few short days and are thrilled that this story will continue. This is only the beginning of an entire Universe featuring enthralling stories and characters that capture the spirit of Anne Rice’s amazing work.Dan McDermott
Rice’s Vampire Chronicles provide AMC with an opportunity to find their next long-term hit series just as their current one, The Walking Dead, completes its 11th and final season. The wealth of source material accumulated in the 13 Vampire Chronicle novels could generate a decade or more worth of TV. AMC’s other series based on Rice’s novels, The Lives of the Mayfair Witches, is set to debut in January of 2023.