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Lestat is coming to TV, though not in the form of Tom Cruise.
In a recent Facebook post Vampire Chronicles author Anne Rice announced that she has reacquired the filming rights for her popular vampire book series. In her post Rice detailed her plans to bring the series to television and the path the series will take. Rice also makes it clear that the previously announced Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment film adaptation is no longer happening.
“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…It is, more than ever, abundantly clear that television is where the vampires belong.”
Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series began with 1976’s Interview with the Vampire, which would be adapted for the screen in 1994 by Neil Jordan and star Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. The Vampire Chronicles series currently consists of 11 entries, with a 12th being published next week.
Rice is planning on developing a pilot script with her son Christopher Rice, and will have the series faithfully retell Lestat’s story as it is laid out in the book series.
Rice’s announcement is great news for fans of the series, though the project is also in its very early stages seeing as Rice and her son need to finish the pilot, a series bible, and then reach out to producers. As a consolation though, Rice and her son will be communicating with the fanbase by posting questions on their Facebook pages asking for reader input.