This is not a drill. AMC has greenlit a series following Interview with the Vampire. The series will be 8 parts. Previously, Interview with the Vampire was a hit 1994 film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. I’m sure they’re not going to get those two back. AMC acquired the rights to 18 Anne Rice books last year, and this seems like AMC making good on that acquisition.

This is just the inaugural shot that will start a new universe. Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul) is overseeing the rollout. AMC intends to launch a universe starting with Interview with the Vampire. The 18 books optioned cover Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches series. No one is set to star, but AMC plans to launch the series in 2022. Here’s Johnson, courtesy of Deadline, explaining what this all means:

The challenge of adapting for television the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is both intimidating and exhilarating. Having previously produced films from such singular work, I recognize both the responsibility and the obligation we owe the material. I strongly believe that with AMC and Rolin Jones we are equipped to meet this challenge and to thrill and entertain both the loyal Anne Rice fan and the viewer who is just now discovering her work.”

Rolin Jones, co-creator and showrunner of HBO’s moody and dark Perry Mason, is onboard as showrunner for Interview with the Vampire. He had this to say:

In 1973, a grieving mother and extraordinary writer began what would become the finest vampire novel ever written, all respects to Mr. Stoker,” Jones said. “Nearly fifty years later we know what’s expected of us. We know how much this book and the ones that follow mean to their massive fan base. We feel you over our shoulders as we tend the Savage Garden. Louis and Lestat are coming out of hiding and we can’t wait to re-unite them with you.”

Now normally I’m not super onboard for reboots. I know a lot of you aren’t either based on your Twitter comments. With this one, it seems like AMC has gathered a team that respects the work. I couldn’t be happier to see this new version of Interview with the Vampire come to our screens. It’s not a quick turnaround either. The original novel came out in 1976. The movie was out 1994. It’s been 27 years. People have lived entire lives in that time. I’ll give ’em a shot!

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