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Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles TV Show Just Took a Big Step Forward

Lestat, seen here played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire, is coming to TV. Image: Warner Bros.
Lestat, seen here played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire, is coming to TV. Image: Warner Bros.

Anne Rice is famous the world over as the author of Interview With the Vampire and the other novels in her best-selling Vampire Chronicles series, the gothic, romantic vampire universe she’s been building out since the 1970s. Now, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned all 11 of them(!) to use as the basis of a new TV series.

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Rice will be one of the show’s executive producers and her son, Christopher Rice, will be the series’ main writer and showrunner. It’s a project the pair have been working on for some time but, with the rights now settled, things can move toward production and eventually broadcast.

“I’m thrilled beyond words to be working with Paramount TV and Anonymous Content — known for extraordinary cutting-edge series such as True Detective, Quarry, and The Knick,” Anne Rice told Variety. “In this unique golden age of television, I couldn’t ask for a finer or more passionate team to help bring my beloved vampire hero, Lestat, alive in a series of the highest quality. This is a dream come true, both for me and for Christopher and for the fans who have been asking to see the Brat Prince in this medium for years.”

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There’s no word on which specific books were optioned or how previously adapted novels like Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Dammed could fit in. But, for fans of Rice’s work, seeing the epic story of Lestat play out on TV—with room to cover entire centuries, should the show prove popular enough—is probably the best option.

[Variety]

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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At this point, Rice and by extension, her son are too close to these stories and characters to be the right choice to bring the Vampire Chronicles to life. Several of the more recent books are very piss poor. Books written by Anne Rice herself.

Maybe, they will surprise everyone and this will be good under their care. I am just not sure.