AMC Networks has officially given a series order to a brand new supernatural fantasy horror titled Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, based on the acclaimed gothic author’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy novel.
This serves as the second project in the network’s expanding Anne Rice universe and is set to make its debut in late 2022 on AMC+, following the Interview with the Vampire series.
“2022 will be the biggest year for original programming in the history of our company, and we are literally 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,” President of Entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, Dan McDermott said in a statement. “We are also extremely fortunate to have such talented storytellers as Esta and Michelle guiding this adaptation, which will follow the first season of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire late next year.”
Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches hails from Masters of Sex‘s Esta Spalding and Michelle Ashford, who are both serving as writers and executive producers. Spalding is also set as the showrunner under her overall deal with AMC Studios.
The series will focus on an intuitive young neurosurgeon who discovers that she is the unlikely heir to a family of witches. As she grapples with her newfound powers, she must contend with a sinister presence that has haunted her family for generations.
“The world of witches has fascinated and terrified for centuries, and yet Anne Rice’s particular lens on witches explored something new altogether – women who are powerful, and often brutal, and always committed to subverting our current power structures,” Spalding and Ashford said. “We are so excited to join our partners AMC and Gran Via Productions in making this mysterious and provocative world come to life.”
The series adaptation will consist of eight episodes that will be produced by AMC Studios. Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice are executive producing on all projects based on her iconic works which were acquired by AMC Networks last year.