Anne Rice gets another AMC adaption, as revealed in the new chilling trailer for Mayfair Witches. The upcoming show is based on the novel series Lives of the Mayfair Witches by Rice, which began in 1990 and which centered around a family of witches whose fortunes have been guided for generations by a spirit known as Lasher. The books were a success, leading to follow-ups and crossovers with characters from other stories by the legendary late author. But despite its favorable status, the work hadn’t been adapted for the screen.
That will change with Mayfair Witches, which will see the modern world and the past connecting through the eyes of Rowan (The White Lotus alum Alexandra Daddario). A young and intuitive neurosurgeon, Rowan finds out she’s part of a long line of witches. Developed by Esta Spalding and Michelle Ashford, who also worked on the Showtime drama Masters of Sex, the cast of Mayfair Witches also includes Harry Hamlin, Annabeth Gish, Beth Grant, Erica Gimpel, Jen Richards, and Jack Huston in the role of Lasher.
Following a brief teaser for Mayfair Witches, the official trailer for Mayfair Witches has now been unveiled, which announces that the eight-episode adaptation will premiere January 5, 2023, on the AMC+ streaming service. The preview also highlights Rowan beginning to learn his history, and how that leads her down an increasingly dark and uncertain path. You can watch the trailer and its many unsettling moments, from AMC, above.
AMC Is Building An Anne Rice Universe With Witches & Vampires
AMC is going through a period of change. The world of Breaking Bad has officially come to an end, with Better Call Saul concluding. The Walking Dead is also finishing up, though spinoffs and other continuations remain. In planning their future, AMC will continue to work with Better Call Saul stars Bob Odenkirk and Giancarlo Esposito on upcoming drama shows. It’s similarly betting big on Anne Rice’s stories. In addition to Mayfair Witches, there’s also Interview With A Vampire. Also blending past and series, the recently-debuted series has garnered largely positive reviews.
That may not be all, as AMC acquired the rights to 18 titles from the author’s The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches books. The universe is overseen by Mark Johnson, who worked as an executive producer on several AMC tentpoles, including Halt and Catch Fire, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul. If these early adaptations are a success, it’s likely that viewers will be seeing more of Rice’s characters crossing paths and expanding into new stories. But the response from audiences will be determinative when Mayfair Witches arrives in a few months.