Anne Rice is the prolific author of The Vampire Chronicles, which has spanned several long books and brought fans of the horror genre into a cult-like realization for the fictional characters to make them more realistic for an entire generation.
As of late last summer, there had been news that Anne Rice and her books on The Vampire Chronicles were in the early stages for new theatrical movies to be produced, something it the way of a cinematic universe similar to the playbooks of Marvel and DC. But now that those plans have fallen through between Anne Rice and Universal Studios, she has taken her interest to the smaller medium and is now developing a pilot script for a possible TV series, as Rice herself reported on her Facebook page Saturday afternoon.
“The theatrical rights to The Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear! I could not be more excited about this!” Anne Rice wrote on her Facebook post. “A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius, and the entire tribe. In this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is THE way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold.”
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The long post that Anne Rice wrote about the matter certainly showed that she has quite a bit of enthusiasm for the project. Considering that most of the content in Rice’s vampire novels contains a certain degree of mature content, although conveyed with a voyeuristic taste, it is likely that the TV series would have to be shopped around to a pay cable or streaming network.
A few of those TV networks that Anne Rice could potentially include in this endeavor would include HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.
“My son Christopher Rice and I will be developing a pilot script and a detailed outline for an open-ended series, faithfully presenting Lestat’s story as it is told in the books, complete with the many situations that readers expect to see,” Anne Rice wrote in the post.
In recent novels for the series of books, Anne Rice’s vampire saga has featured Lestat as her most common headlining character with title billing on more than one occasion. That includes the second novel in The Vampire Chronicles, titled The Vampire Lestat, as well as her most recent addition to the series, Prince Lestat.
But Rice seems to be less than enthusiastic about putting out her seminal work in the series, Interview With the Vampire. Of course, most people that have read her work know that the main character in that book was Louis, the vampire, who told the story of his life to a man that was interviewing him. In the novel, Lestat certainly had a role, but it was much different than the books that followed with Lestat being both a villain and a hero.
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In her Facebook post, Anne Rice stated that she was going to start the TV series with The Vampire Lestat.
“We will likely begin with The Vampire Lestat and move on from there,” Anne Rice wrote on the post. “When we sit down finally to talk to producers, we will have a fully realized vision of this project with (her son) Christopher [Rice] as the executive producer at the helm. I will also be an executive producer all the way.”
Rice certainly does make an excellent point that TV is the best way to go about immortalizing The Vampire Chronicles in motion pictures. There is so much story involved with the project that it would take several seasons, let alone movies, to get all the content in on a linear scale. The sheer production value of The Vampire Chronicles TV series would alone be enough to bring her devoted fans to the table, no matter what network it falls on.
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