Author Anne Rice has teamed with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content to develop a television series based on her bestselling “Vampire Chronicles” novels.
Debuting in 1976 with “Interview with the Vampire,” the “Vampire Chronicles” has spanned a dozen novels and four decades, telling the story of Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman who was turned into a vampire in the 18th century, and the people with whom his life — or afterlife — intersects. The first novel was famously adapted in 1994 as a hit film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. A loose, and far less successful, adaptation of Rice’s 1988 book “The Queen of the Damned” followed in 2002. The most recent book in the series, “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis,” was released last year.
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment acquired the film rights to the novels in 2014, but Rice announced in November that the rights had reverted to her, and she and her son, author Christopher Rice, intended to develop “The Vampire Chronicles” for television.
Christopher Rice will write the script and serve as an executive producer, alongside his mother. Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin will also executive produce.
“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 said in a statement. “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.”
Anne Rice previously noted that the series likely will not touch on the events of “Interview with a Vampire,” but will instead pick up with its sequel “The Vampire Lestat.” The novel chronicles the history of Lestat de Lioncourt, from his being turned into a vampire in the 18th century to his theatrical career in 1980s San Fransisco.