Anne Rice To Adapt ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ For Television As A New Lestat Novel Hits Bookstands

Anne Rice is bringing her own version of horror to the small screen with the television adaptation of The Vampire Chronicles. Rice has kept her plans to develop the full series of books for television on ice, until she could regain full theatrical rights to The Vampire Chronicles, but, now that the legal matters are settled, Anne is free to deliver fresh offerings and a newer take on her writing for younger generations. The changing face of television and the rise in horror-themed series also presents a more receptive community for Rice’s unique blend of gothic romance and horror.

Anne Rice Wants To Tell The Complete Story Of The VampireChronicles

The new television landscape has set the stage for some very exciting offerings in recent months, but there can be nothing more enticing to horror fans than Anne Rice’s vision for The Vampire Chronicles. Entertainment Weekly reports that the horror novelist is pursuing the idea of developing The Vampire Chronicles as an open-ended series, and considering this is the last season for the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, there’s definitely going to be room for more bloodsuckers.

“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,” said Rice in a recent social media post.

Anne also announced that she’s working with her son, Christopher Rice, to outline the concept and create a series which will tell Lestat’s entire story, just as it’s told in the books. Fans of The Vampire Chronicles books will be rewarded with their favorite aspects of the novels and will find Easter eggs throughout the planned series, Ms. Rice said.

Anne Rice promises a “Game of Thrones style faithful rendering of this material.”

“What you want is what I want,” promised The Vampire Chronicles author.

All Bets Are Off In The Latest Lestat Tale From Anne Rice

If news of a television series isn’t enough to get Anne Rice’s fans salivating for more vampire tales, Gizmodo reveals Rice has a new entry in The Vampire Chronicles book series ready to hit stands. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis changes the game for Rice’s favorite vampire and unsettles his world in ways readers will never expect. In fact, Anne confesses that she’s concerned about how fans will react to some of the revelations made in the new Vampire Chronicles novel, particularly in relation to the origins of the vampires.

“I will write something that seems very exciting to me, and then I’m stuck with it. You know? The next book has to deal with it. It has to deal with what I said in the book before. And I’m keenly aware of that at this point.”

While admitting to revisiting certain themes in Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis and possibly altering the history of what has previously been revealed, Anne Rice says the stories told in the previous Vampire Chronicles had reached their conclusions. Anne says that Queen of the Damned completed the story and, she assumed, finished The Vampire Chronicles altogether, but a longing for Lestat forced Ms. Rice to return to the saga.

“They come together, they meet that challenge, but then they break apart and go away,” Rice says of ending the previous books in The Vampire Chronicles. “This changed with Prince Lestat. The tribe came together, all because this one person—this one vampire—said, ‘We are a tribe. We need parents. Help us.’ And I was able to set up the court, which I loved. It made for a new kind of Vampire Chronicle.”

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis will hit bookshelves on November 29.

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