AMC is building an Anne Rice universe

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Cinematic universes are all the rage in various forms of media, but haven’t been as dominant on television. AMC seeks to change that, and the network that brought us all breaking Bad announced that he was working on various Anne Rice projects.

“We have other projects in development. They’re sort of unofficial right now, but we’re really planning on having five or six series in this universe over the next five or six years. And there will be an opportunity to pull characters from different shows and do what we call our ‘all-star’ original series, taking supporting characters and maybe a main character from one or two shows and by making original series that will be based in the universe of Anne Rice.

Network director Dan McDermott commented on what’s to come in an article published by Variety today. Rice died last year and was the author of books like Interview with the Vampire and Witches of Mayfair, and the network has the rights to all 18 books of its “Vampire Chronicles.” McDermott also says in the article that their approach borrows from the Marvel playbook.

“The best model would be a avengers-style series, where you take characters from different shows and put them together and tell an original story using them all, their history and mythology. The goal is to honor all things source material as well as character stories and mythologies. But I think it’s a really exciting proposition.

The Witches of Mayfair show, the Interview with the Vampire show, and other works by Rice have no release date at this time.

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