AMC has acquired the rights to Interview with the Vampire author Anne Rice’s best-selling book series The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches.
The deal includes 18 titles between the two-book series – such as Interview with the Vampire, Queen of the Damned, The Vampire Lestat, and The Witching Hour.
Rice said: “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.”
Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios said: “There is no shortage of content in today’s competitive environment, but proven IP that has captivated millions of fans around the world is something very special and rare, and that is what Anne Rice has created. 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.”
Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice will serve as executive producers on all projects developed under the deal. Rolin Jones will develop television projects.
Christopher Rice added: “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’. 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.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Rice was seeking between $30-40 million. This will mark the first time either series has been adapted for television.