A few years back, author Anne Rice declared via Facebook that the rights to her infamous books series, Vampire Chronicles, had reverted back to her. And now nearly two years later, the novels have found a new home in Hulu.
The series of books originated with the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire. The novel was then adapted to the famous film of the same name in 1994. It featured an impressive ensemble of then young talent, including Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas and Thandie Newton.
Years later, Universal and Imagine acquired the rights in an attempt to reboot the series, but nothing ever came to fruition. Then in April 2017, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content optioned the rights from Rice to bring the 11 book franchise to television. Following a competitive bidding war, Hulu secured the series for its streaming platform.
Rice stated in 2016 that she realized film wasn’t the best fit for her novels. She and her son, Christopher Rice (a renowned author himself), announced that they would begin formulating a plan to bring her Vampire Chronicles series to television:
“A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe. 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.”
Anne Rice continued in her Facebook post to fans that she heard their pleas, and envisions the same when attempting to bring the franchise to series:
“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.”
Anne and Christopher Rice will serve as executive producer’s on the series alongside Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin. Anne Rice has previously stated that their intent would be to begin the series with the second novel published, The Vampire Lestat. No one has stated what timeframe the series is targeting for a debut on Hulu.