The popular book series THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES by Anne Rice has been optioned by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content with the intention of developing a series written by Rice’s son, Christopher Rice. Both will also serve as executive producers.
The companies have gained the rights to 11 books in the series, which started in 1976 with the publication of Interview with the Vampire. The most recent book, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, came out last year. The series sprawls over several years and characters, but it mainly follows Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman who was turned into a vampire in the 18th century.
Tom Cruise played Lestat in the most popular and well-known screen version of Rice’s world to date, the 1994 adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, also starring Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, and Christian Slater. Stuart Townsend then played him in the 2002 adaptation of The Queen of the Damned.
As one of the most popular vampire series, there’s a constant clamor for more adaptations of the books. Last year, Rice announced she had regained theatrical rights to her books and was working on developing a television series for them with her son.
In a statement about the collaboration, Rice said: “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.”
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor