Anne Rice Is Developing a VAMPIRE CHRONICLES TV Series
Anne Rice is looking to develop her Vampire Chronicles book franchise into a TV series. Universal and Imagine Entertainment recently had the rights to the books series, and they planned on doing a series of films based on them. Those rights have lapsed, though, and they are back in the hands of Rice. She’s incredibly excited about this and is looking forward to developing it as a series. She recently talked about her plans for her TV series in a Facebook post, saying:
“The theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear! I could not be more excited about this!
“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.
“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. We will likely begin with “The Vampire Lestat” and move on from there.
“When we sit down finally to talk to producers, we will have a fully realized vision of this project with Christopher as the executive producer at the helm. I will also be an executive producer all the way.
“Again, I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to be able to announce this. ---- As many of you know, Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment had optioned the series to develop motion pictures from it, and though we had the pleasure of working with many fine people in connection with this plan, it did not work out. It is, more than ever, abundantly clear that television is where the vampires belong.
“Over the years you all have told me how much you want to see a “Game of Thrones” style faithful rendering of this material, and how much you want for the series to remain in my control. Well, I have heard you. I have always heard you. What you want is what I want.
“You, the readers, made these books a success before any movie was ever made based on them, and I will never forget that fact.
“Christopher and I will be posting many questions on the page for your input in the days to come.
“I am filled with optimism this morning about the future for my beloved Brat Prince. What better way to start a tour for the new book!”
With Rice guiding the way, there’s a solid chance that fans will get the epic adaption of her stories that they’ve always wanted to see. I think her stories will work perfectly as a TV series! I hope it lands at a place like HBO or Netflix where it will get the kind of creative support that it needs.