Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ Series Has Finally Been Optioned for TV


That Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles TV series we reported about in November last year has finally found a home with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, according to Deadline. They’ve scooped up the rights to 11 of Rice’s novels. Rice’s son Christopher Rice will write the series and serve as executive producer, alongside Rice herself.

“Together with our partners at Paramount Television, we are embarking on a fantastic journey with Anne and Christopher Rice to bring Anne’s unparalleled imagination to television at the moment when the medium is experiencing a global apex in the demand for the most outstanding, exciting and heightened premium dramatic programming,” Anonymous Content’s David Kanter stated.

“In this unique golden age of television, I couldn’t ask for a finer or more passionate team to help bring my beloved vampire hero, Lestat, alive in a series of the highest quality,” Rice said. “This is a dream come true, both for me and for Christopher and for the fans who have been asking to see the Brat Prince in this medium for years.”

Rice reclaimed the screen rights to her franchise last year. Her popular novel The Interview with the Vampire was adapted for the big screen in 1994, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst. Rice’s 2002 film Queen of the Damned was inspired by her third novel in the Vampire Chronicles series, but didn’t go over well with fans.

The full series includes 12 books: Interview with the Vampire (1976), The Vampire Lestat (1985), The Queen of the Damned (1988), The Tale of the Body Thief (1992), Memnoch the Devil (1995), The Vampire Armand (1998), Merrick (2000), Blood and Gold (2001), Blackwood Farm (2002), Blood Canticle (2003), Prince Lestat (2014), and Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (2016).