Deadline is announcing that Paramount Television and Annonymous Content are partnering with legendary author Anne Rice and her son, novelist Christopher Rice, to bring her series The Vampire Chronicles to television. Anne had announced on her Facebook page in November, which she frequents almost daily with news and fan interaction, that she had regained the film rights to her series of books, The Vampire Chronicles. Starting with Interview With The Vampire in 1976, the series has reached 11 books and counting, telling the tale of Lestat the Vampire and his adventures with various characters. The series is mainly set in New Orleans.
Anne Rice has been vocal throughout the years as to how she feels the series should be made. In 1994, when Interview With The Vampire first hit theaters, she was initially critical of Tom Cruise in the role of her favorite character, something for which she publicly stated she was wrong. She was also quite critical of Queen of the Damned, insisting that her fans would rather see the second book in the series The Vampire Lestat be made into a film. The studio promptly ignored her, made the movie they wanted to make, and the results were what you would expect.
The great thing about being an Anne Rice fan is how approachable she is. As stated above, she is active on her Facebook page, interacting with her fans on a daily basis on topics ranging from her books, writing, or news of the day. When it comes to how her material should be presented on the big screen, her opinions have been pretty spot on. She's also been willing to admit when an opinion she had was not correct, as was the case with the casting of Tom Cruise as Lestat. Seeing her get the chance, along with her son, to finally control the destiny of her famed series makes me excited to see the end result.
I also think television is the perfect vehicle for the series. Similar to Stephen King's work, her stories are rich in detail, such that a two hour movie will simply have to sacrifice important elements of the story to get the main parts of the story in. Having the series end up on television will allow the producers to flesh out the story, making it more faithful to the books while maintaining the visual quality of her work that fans would expect.
So what do you think? Are you excited to see The Vampire Chronicles end up on television? Do you think the book series is best suited to the small screen? What is your favorite work of Anne Rice's? Sound off in the comments section below.
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