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Anne Rice to develop new TV series based on her Vampire Chronicles novels

11.28.2016

As someone who was a Goth in high school during the early-to-mid 2000s, and who dated his share of Goth girls, I am more than vaguely aware of Anne Rice and her series of vampire novels (as well as TWILIGHT, but that's a different story). In fact, my first real date was to take a girl to see QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, which - for all its faults - at least had a killer soundtrack.

So I can't deny that my nostalgia senses are tingling when hearing the news that Anne Rice has regained the rights to her VAMPIRE CHRONICLES novels from Universal, and is hoping to produce a GAME OF THRONES-esque TV series based on them. While never a huge fan of the novels (even if I loved the INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE movie), nor really vampires in general (save for maybe BLADE and the first UNDERWORLD), I can't deny that I'm intrigued.

Anyway, here's Anne Rice herself giving us the news via her personal Facebook page:

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.

Sounds good to me. And, despite my apathy to the series proper, I do agree it's much easier to span different eras and multiple intersecting stories in an epic TV series than it is on film, where everything has to be condensed, focuesed, and simplified. So, good luck to her, I say!

But what do you guys think? Any fans of Rice's work? And what do you feel about the idea of a Lestat TV show?

Extra Tidbit: While Jonathan Davis wrote the music and sang the vocals for Lestat in QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, due to a problem with his record label, all the vocals were redone by different artists instead on the official soundtrack (like David Draiman from Disturbed, Wayne Static from Static-X, and Marilyn Manson).
Source: Facebook

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1:49PM on 11/29/2016
Starting with The Vampire Lestat seems like a mistake. I know it was the first of the novels from Lestat's perspective, but it did presume knowledge of the events of Interview with the Vampire.
Starting with The Vampire Lestat seems like a mistake. I know it was the first of the novels from Lestat's perspective, but it did presume knowledge of the events of Interview with the Vampire.
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11:55AM on 11/29/2016
Loved the books! It would be great to see a character driven series treated with the maturity and gravitas of Interview with a Vampire or Game of Thrones.
Loved the books! It would be great to see a character driven series treated with the maturity and gravitas of Interview with a Vampire or Game of Thrones.
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7:28AM on 11/29/2016

Nope...

I went back and began to re-read the series last year, fully with the intention of getting through all 13 or whatever there now are. Books 1-3 are, as usual, amazing. Book 4 stood alone as pretty good. Then I hit the brick wall at book 5. Anne Rice's writing fell into a pit of awfulness with that book (and that's when she began her special time with her then-Lord and savior Jesus Christ). I had to give up. And based on reviews on GoodReads, those next 5 or 6 books all sucked rocks as bad
I went back and began to re-read the series last year, fully with the intention of getting through all 13 or whatever there now are. Books 1-3 are, as usual, amazing. Book 4 stood alone as pretty good. Then I hit the brick wall at book 5. Anne Rice's writing fell into a pit of awfulness with that book (and that's when she began her special time with her then-Lord and savior Jesus Christ). I had to give up. And based on reviews on GoodReads, those next 5 or 6 books all sucked rocks as bad as book 5 did. I can't imagine there is any actual good material to work with after book 4.
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1:51PM on 11/29/2016
Blimey Charlie. I only ever read the first four. I hadn't realised there'd been quite so many since..
Blimey Charlie. I only ever read the first four. I hadn't realised there'd been quite so many since..
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4:19AM on 11/29/2016

Coolio

The books are great. Interview was a great movie too. This could be really good if done right.
The books are great. Interview was a great movie too. This could be really good if done right.
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7:13PM on 11/28/2016
It could work in the GoT, Westworld HBO style of sex and blood and shock value. Get people talking the day after "I can't believe that happened!"
It could work in the GoT, Westworld HBO style of sex and blood and shock value. Get people talking the day after "I can't believe that happened!"
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