Fans of the Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles have something to look forward to. After two years in development, the series of novels will be adapted into a television show for streaming platform Hulu, as confirmed by THR. Paramount TV and Anonymous are the two studios that optioned the series last year with plans to bring it television.
Hopefully this time around it will actually get off the ground. Originally reported back in January, Bryan Fuller was on board as the series showrunner. He has since exited the program. Anne Rice will serve as executive producer alongside her son Christopher Rice. With the amount of detail and concepts that Anne explores in some of the novels, this is a definite benefit. Joining them from Anonymous Content is David Kanter and Steve Golin (Case 39, Lord of Illusions, Candyman).
The Vampire Chronicles series of novels first saw its beginning back in 1976 with Interview with a Vampire. It was later adapted into a feature film starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in 1994. The next two novels, The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned, saw their releases in 1985 and 1988 respectively. Options to make these two novels into films followed. The studio saw pressure to produce a film before losing the rights. They were combined into the film The Queen of the Damned in 2002, starring Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend. This film wasn’t as successful.
There is quite a bit of content that the show can cover. Lestat de Lioncourt, who is a villain of sorts in the first novel, becomes the main protagonist going forward. He has many adventures; learning the origins of his kind, meeting Satan, and a literal out-of-body experience. Rice’s next book involves him going to the lost city of Atlantis, with a publish date of November 29th, 2018.
There is no official information on who will be cast in this show, when filming will start or when it will be expected to land. Keep with us here at Nightmare on Film Street for more information as it becomes available.
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