Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ TV Series In Development
Just when you thought the whole vampire craze had taken a stake to the heart, it turns out those little blood suckers are harder to kill than you’d think!
In a facebook post, the author Anne Rice revealed that she has regained control of the theatrical rights to her massively successful ‘Vampire Chronicles’ series of books, and is currently working on a pilot script with her son, Christopher Rice, for a tv adaptation.
“A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe. In this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is THE way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold,” comments Rice. “Over the years you all have told me how much you want to see a “Game of Thrones” style faithful rendering of this material, and how much you want for the series to remain in my control. Well, I have heard you. I have always heard you. What you want is what I want.”
The 1976 novel ‘Interview With the Vampire’ was the first in the series, and was made into a movie back in 1994. This courted some controversy at the time, when Tom Cruise was cast as the blond haired, blue eyed Lestat de Lioncourt by director Neil Jordan. Rice initially objected to the casting, but later recanted saying “From the moment he appeared, Tom was Lestat for me. He has the immense physical and moral presence; he was defiant and yet never without conscience; he was beautiful beyond description yet compelled to do cruel things.” A film was also made of the 3rd ‘Chronicles’ book ‘Queen of the Damned’ in 2002, with Stuart Townsend taking the role of Lestat, however it was much less successful.
Rice continues to write ‘Vampire Chronicle’ novels to this day. There are currently 12 in the series, with a 13th – ‘Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis: The Vampire Chronicles’ – being release on the 29th of November 2016.
I know we thought we might be done with vampires by now, but I really like the idea of this as a series. The Vampire Chronicles is a rich vein to draw from, with some brilliant characters and great plots to work with for a long running tv series… so long as it lands the right network (are you listening HBO & Sky Atlantic?) Game Of Thrones with Vampires?.. Sign me up!