Mayfair Witches Executive Producer explains the challenge of the series’ connection to the vampire interview

With AMC’s Immortal Universe based on the work of the late author Anne Rice now two series strong — and with more reportedly in the works — fans of Rice’s works have one big request: they want a crossover between Mayfair Witches and Interview with the vampire. After all, both series are generally set in New Orleans and there is some cross between the stories of the Mayfair witches and the vampires in the pages of Rice’s novels, especially in the later novels in The Vampire Chronicles. Even those in charge of the show have acknowledged that some kind of crossover is possible for the series, with series co-creator Esta Spalding even recently noting that there is a character appearing in both shows that no one has come up with yet. However, now executive producer Mark Johnson lays out the challenge of making the connection between the two shows, especially since they are their own individual entities.

Speak with ColliderJohnson explained that both Mayfair Witches and Interview with the vampire are fundamentally different series, both in their story and their audience, but there’s some connective tissue, and the trick is finding how to use it in a logical way.

“Let’s face it, they’re radically different. They’re almost for different audiences, which is one of the appeals of Anne Rice,” Johnson said. “It’s a real challenge. You don’t want to force them together. But at the same time you have to say, ‘Okay, what does that mean?’ Interview has to do with Mayfair Witches?’ At first glance not much. They mainly take place in New Orleans, and there’s a sense of the mystery of New Orleans and the fact that New Orleans is probably the least American, American city out there. But how does all that work? One of the things we talk about with all groups of writers is, ‘Is there a character that we can introduce on one show, who appears on the other show? Other than just a few repeating locations, how are they connected?’ It’s a real challenge, which I welcome. We just have to be careful so it’s not inorganic.”

Johnson has previously explained that aside from something more direct like a true crossover, there are Easter egg-like connections between the two series as he reiterates the independence between the vampires and the witches.

“Some are fun, some are intentional, and some are almost Easter eggs,” Johnson said of shared references in the two series. “But Mayfair Witches is very much its own project and is its own series. It’s obviously related to Anne Rice’s thematic and stylistic concentration, so it’s a big part of what she does, but I’d say very little comes out of it intentionally. Interview in Mayfair Witches.”

Are there more Anne Rice series in the works?

According to Johnson, more series are in development for AMC’s Immortal Universe.

“We’re developing three other things at the same time, all different,” Johnson said. “People ask me what these shows have in common, or what these books have in common, and I actually think they’re her characters, no matter how tormented or strange. Her vampires, unlike most vampires we see all the time, are humans.” It’s not humans and vampires. They are people who happen to be vampires and suffer loss of love, lack of love and lack of friendship. The idea that we’re all saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to be alive? forever?’ that would of course be terrible. You’d fall in love with your partner, your parents would die, and you’d still be around, the same age.’

He went on to explain how the stories about the witches have some of the same themes and then talked about how, while there is no book explicitly about the Talamasca, there could be a series about the organization.

“Some themes are the same…in Mayfair Witches, there’s that whole middle part about the family and you go to Haiti, and there’s a series in there,” Johnson said. “Should a show be made about Lasher? Is a show being made about the Fang Gang? There is no book that is about the Talamasca, but I think there is a great series about the Talamasca. Their job is to follow these extraordinary events and creatures and not get involved, but to watch. So I think the answer is yes, this will continue.”

by Ann Rice Mayfair Witches airs Sundays on AMC and AMC+.

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