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AMC Networks greenlights series based on Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches novels

AMC Networks in the US has greenlit Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, a new series based on her The Lives of the Mayfair Witches book trilogy, for AMC+ and AMC.

Dan McDermott

The second series in an expanding Anne Rice universe, Mayfair Witches will follow Rice’s Interview with the Vampire with a late 2022 premiere. The first season of eight episodes will be produced by AMC Studios.

Esta Spalding (Masters of Sex, On Becoming a God in Central Florida) and Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex, The Pacific, John Adams) are both executive producers and writers of the series.

Spalding, who has an overall deal with AMC Studios, will serve as showrunner. The series will focus on an intuitive young neurosurgeon who discovers that she is the unlikely heir to a family of witches.

AMC Networks last year acquired the rights to a collection of Rice’s works, encompassing 18 titles including The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches series.

Producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Halt & Catch Fire, Rectify), who also has an overall agreement with AMC Studios, is overseeing development of the full Rice collection into a streaming and television franchise, with Rice and her son Christopher Rice serving as executive producers on all series and films.

“2022 will be the biggest year for original programming in the history of our company, and we are over the moon that it will now include the first two series in an expanding Anne Rice universe built around stories and characters that have captivated millions of fans around the world,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks.

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