Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles are officially heading to the small screen.
Five months after the author wrote on her Facebook page that her 11-book series would be headed for TV, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to the franchise. A network is not yet attached.
The deal includes rights to 11 books from the series, with her son Christopher Rice - a four-time New York Times best-selling author and recipient of the Lambda Literary Award - attached to pen the potential series and executive produce alongside Anne Rice and Anonymous Content's David Kanter and Steve Golin.
"I'm thrilled beyond words to be working with Paramount TV and Anonymous Content - known for extraordinary cutting edge series such as True Detective, Quarry and The Knick," Anne 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."
The Vampire Chronicles marks the latest collaboration between Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, which has a first-look scripted deal with the studio. Their collaborations include Netflix breakout 13 Reasons Why and Epix's Berlin Station as well as Netflix's upcoming Emma Stone and Jonah Hill starrer Maniac as well as TNT's The Alienist.
"The first great day for me on this project was when my mother asked me to partner with her on it. The second, is the announcement of this thrilling partnership with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. For decades now fans of The Vampire Chronicles have been clamoring for a longform television adaptation of this galaxy of content," Christopher Rice said. "Just a glance at the libraries of these two innovative, groundbreaking companies makes clear why they're perfectly suited to granting this wish. Add to that their passion and enthusiasm for the long term vision Mom and I share for this series, and we're confident this exciting deal will result in many excellent things for Lestat in the universe of television."
Anne Rice has written more than 30 novels. Her first, Interview With the Vampire, was published in 1979 and went on to become a best-selling novel across the globe, as well as the source material for the 1994 feature film of the same name, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.
The competitive deal was negotiated by David Goldman and Erika Kirkwood for Paramount TV, and CAA and Christine Cuddy of Kleinberg Lange on behalf of Anne and Christopher Rice.