Interview with the Vampire Series Has Big Ambitions to Create an MCU-like Vampire Universe

Interview with the Vampire’s showrunner has revealed that AMC plans to adapt every novel in Anne Rice’s popular Vampire Chronicles series – and the network even wants to create an MCU-like crossover series.

“AMC has bought all of the books and AMC wants to make all of the books,” said Jones during AMC’s presentation at the Television Critics Awards.

According to Jones, the first season of Interview with the Vampire will cover just half of the novel’s story, and later seasons will then adapt other books in the series.

“What we do in this version of Interview With the Vampire is look at an entire series of books,” said Sam Reid, who plays the infamous Lestat de Lioncourt. “When that film came out, Rice was still writing them, so they didn’t ‘t have perspective of the entire work. And now we do have that perspective. And so, when we’re looking at character arcs, we’re looking at a much broader scale. So, it is a different feeling than a 90- minute film.”

Reid is referring, of course, to the original 1994 film starring Tom Cruise as the vampire Lestat. Although there have been various attempts to bring the other novels to the big screen, including Queen of the Damned, it looks as though AMC is going all in, and there might even be additional projects down the road.

“We have other projects that are in development,” AMC president of entertainment Dan McDermott told Variety. “They’re sort of unofficial right. now, but we really plan to have five or six series in that universe over the next five or six years. And there will be an opportunity to pull characters from different shows and do what we refer to as our ‘all-star’ original series, taking supporting characters and maybe a lead character from one or two shows and doing original series that will be based in the Anne Rice universe.”

It’s certainly an ambitious idea, and AMC views it much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe… albeit with a bit more bite.

Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire New AMC Series Photos.

“The best model would be an Avengers-style series, where you take characters from different shows and bring them together and you tell an original story using all of them and their backstory and the mythology,” he added. “The objective is to honor everything about the source material and the characters’ backstories and mythologies as well. But I think that’s a really exciting proposition.”

Whether or not that pans out remains to be seen. But if Interview with the Vampire proves to be a hit, we could see much more of the Vampire Chronicles heading to our screens eventually.

Want to read more about Interview with the Vampire? Check out the first trailer for the upcoming series, and find out who’s been cast in the leading role.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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