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Sexy old-timey vampire violence moves from NOLA to Prague for ‘Interview with the Vampire’ Season Two

Jun 23, 2023 | Louisiana Productions

Interview with the Vampire AMC

Sex. Love. Sleek old-timey vampire violence. Those were the ingredients for the first season of AMC’s Interview with the Vampire

AMC’s “Immortal Universe” opened in the fall of 2022 with the first season of Interview with the Vampire. Mayfair Witches soon followed in January ‘23 with its atmospheric filming location anchored in the Garden District. AMC acquired the literary rights to 18(!) titles, which means the Anne Rice vampire world will keep expanding until Vin Diesel shows up on AMC in fangs, saying, “It’s about family.”

Vin Diesel as a vampire

Well, the third phase of the Immortal Universe is preparing to arrive with Season Two of Interview with the Vampire. Contrary to productions that utilize Louisiana solely for its locations and tax incentives, Interview with the Vampire (like so many Anne Rice stories) is built explicitly within New Orleans. In Interview with the Vampire, it’s the fabled Storyville district. Imagine Deadwood but 40 years later with vampires and jazz. 

Season One of Interview with the Vampire shattered a two-day viewership record for AMC+. In October ‘22, Variety reported that 75% of the 10.8 million subscribers sat down on a two-day weekend to watch The Walking Dead and Interview with the Vampire premieres. As Season Two now films in locations from New Orleans to Prague, here are a few tidbits about whether Interview with the Vampire will maintain its status as a “Louisiana-centric story.”

Where is Season Two of Interview with the Vampire filming?

Mayfair Witches succeeded admirably with its production design – it dumped viewers in cool numb-blue filters and a Greek revivalist southern mansion that breathed wisps of ghostlike atmosphere. 

Interview with the Vampire took a similar approach of atmospheric elegance and was filmed at historic locations in New Orleans: scenes were shot at Gallier Hall, the Okay Bar on Port Street, Pirate’s Alley in the Quarter, and Latrobe’s on Royal Street, among other notable eccentric neighborhood locales. 

If you’ve read the books, you know that the upcoming season is about to get global. Jacob Anderson, the star of “Vampire”, was quoted telling E! News: 

“I think it’s safe to say that Claudia and Louis are heading for the European region of the world. They’re heading towards Europe.”

Bleedingcool.com posted a production update in April from the Film & Television Industry Alliance that confirmed Interview with the Vampire: Season Two would shoot in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Prague, Czech Republic, and Paris, France.

Interview with the Vampire AMC

photo courtesy of AMC

So…where is the story set?

Showrunner Nolin Jones and the art direction department (Marc Lepere-Schloop was the Season One Production Designer) should have a wonderful time utilizing Prague’s windy cobblestoned side streets and the inherent allure of Paris to base Season Two. The Prague Reporter stated

The second season of Interview with the Vampire is set in WWII-era Paris, which Prague will stand in for. The Czech capital will also play other locations for the second season, including potentially New Orleans, which is where the first season was largely set and shot.

Clearly, Prague wants all the credit. However, multiple outlets have reported the series will shoot on-location in Paris and New Orleans sometime between April and August 2023. 

Wherever it’s filming, I just want to see the undead filled with betrayal and pain.

Okay, then – ya sadist. 

You’ll get plenty of that. Sam Reid, who plays Lestat de Lioncourt, told Vanity Fair in a November 2022 interview about the relevance New Orleans has played in contributing a sense of anchored place to the story: 

You can’t really walk down a street in New Orleans, particularly in the French Quarter, without actually hearing Anne Rice’s name being mentioned in every ghost tour…It sort of dawned on us how integrated this world was with the city, in a way that I don’t think I had realized last time I was in New Orleans. I don’t know how we would’ve done it if we weren’t there. I’m excited to get back.

When does the sensuous debauchery return?

Season Two’s shooting schedule doesn’t wrap until August, so publications are predicting a late 2023/early 2024 premiere.  

When it gets here, you can be sure to expect a darkly sensuous global vampire hunt between Lestat and Louis (Jacob Anderson) and Claudia (Delainey Hayles replacing Bailey Bass).  

And expect more pain. So much sexy pain.

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