With Game of Thrones, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and American Gods all either currently airing or soon to start, it’s something of a golden age for books to be adapted to television – and it looks like Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles might be making the leap to the small screen as well.
In a recent facebook post, the supernatural author shared that she’d recently regained the screen rights to her novel series (two entries in the series, Interview with a Vampire and Queen of the Damned, had previously been adapted for cinema).
“A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe. In this new Golden Age of television, such a series is THE way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold.”
Accordingly, then, her plan is to develop “a pilot script and a detailed outline for an open ended series, faithfully presenting Lestat’s story as it is told in the books”. Rice believes that the series would likely begin with the second novel, The Vampire Lestat, and then move on from there.
Her hope is to have a “fully realized vision of this project” by the time she comes to sit down with producers to pitch the program. Rice will be active as an executive producer herself, and will be joined by her son, Christopher Rice. Christopher Rice is a bestselling author in his own right; no doubt his acclaimed supernatural thriller The Heavens Rise will prove to have been a useful experience in the development of this series.
Rice has specifically highlighted “a ‘Game of Thrones’ style faithful rendering of this material” as the benchmark to hit for this series, and commented that “it is, more than ever, abundantly clear that television is where the vampires belong”.
At the moment, there is no indication as to which television network the series will be broadcast on, nor who will star in it. Interestingly, however, Rice did state that she “will be posting many questions on the page for your input in the days to come”.
The series is currently comprised of eleven books; the twelfth, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, is set to be released on November 29th.
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