Author Anne Rice introduced an entire generation of fans to the concept of sexy vampires decades before True Blood and Twilight, and she now has the rights to her books to do with what she will, and that looks to be a faithful television adaptation of her Vampire Chronicles.
Universal and Imagine Entertainment had acquired the film rights to the book series, but Rice said she’s would rather bring the stories to television, and will actively be trying to do so now. She will be working with her son Christopher Rice (an accomplished writer himself) on developing a pilot script, which will likely be an adaptation of The Vampire Lestat, the second book of the Vampire Chronicles series. Anne Rice, and son, will serve as executive producers of the planned series that she says will be “faithfully presenting Lestat’s story as it is told in the books.”
Though it feels like decades that television has been harnessing sexy vampire material as fodder for series, Rice revealed that she only recently re-acquired the rights to her books. “The theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear! I could not be more excited about this!,” Rice posted on Facebook. Universal and Imagine Entertainment had the rights to the book series back in 2014, and were planning a new reboot of the Lestat legend but those projects have idled in development hell since then.
Rice’s novel The Interview with the Vampire was adapted for the big screen in 1994, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and baby Kirsten Dunst, to which Rice also wrote the screenplay for. The 2002 film Queen of the Damned took inspiration from the third novel of Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series, but was critically panned, so as long as this new television iteration is better than that, we’re all for it.
You can read her full Facebook post below:
She ended the message by saying she was filled with optimism about the future for “my beloved Brat Prince. What better way to start a tour for the new book!” – Now all that’s left is who could be possible casting choices for the titular Lestat and company?
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