The Vampire Chronicles: Anne Rice Eyes a TV Adaptation of 'Highest Quality'

Ryan Schwartz
TVLine.com

The vampire craze is far from over: Author Anne Rice is prepping a small-screen adaptation of her genre-defining book series The Vampire Chronicles.

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In a statement posted to Facebook, Rice reveals that she has reclaimed the theatrical rights and is currently developing a TV pilot script and series outline with son Christopher Rice, which is said to be a “faithful rendering” of the book series. The first novel, 1976’s Interview With the Vampire, was the basis for a 1994 film starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. Book No. 3, Queen of the Damned, was also adapted for the big screen; starring Salem‘s Stuart Townsend and R&B singer Aaliyah, it was far less successful upon its release in 2002.

“Over the years you all have told me how much you want to see a Game of Thrones-style, faithful rendering of this material,” she says. “Well, I have heard you. I have always heard you. What you want is what I want.”

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For those unfamiliar with the source material, The Vampire Chronicles first introduced readers to Louis, an aristocrat in 18th Century New Orleans who was transformed into a vampire by the menacing Lestat. Subsequent releases have focused on the Lestat character.

“A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe,” she writes. “In this the new golden age of television, such a series is the way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold.”

A dozen books already comprise the Vampire Chronicles series, with a 13th release, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, due out in stores later this month.

Does a potential Vampire Chronicles TV series pique your interest, especially with Vampire Diaries wrapping its run on March 10? Or has the genre already overstaked overstayed its welcome?

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