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Interview With The Vampire TV Series - What We Know So Far

In November of 2016, author Anne Rice took to Facebook to announce she was once again in control of "The Vampire Chronicles." She expressed her desire to create a television series based on her work and finished her post by saying, "I am filled with optimism this morning about the future ..."

Rice's book had been adapted previously in the 1994 movie "Interview with the Vampire," starring Tom Cruise as the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, who turns Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) into a vampire. The story followed Louis as he narrated his life story to a biographer (Christian Slater). The film also starred Kirsten Dunst as a young girl named Claudia who is also turned. The film launched Dunst's career and the movie itself was a huge box office success that broke the record for the biggest opening weekend of an R-rated movie at the time, according to The Numbers.

Forty-five years since the publication of Rice's novel, and 27 years after the premiere of one of the most well-known vampire movies in modern history, it appears that Lestat and Louis are finally headed for a revival on the small screen. More than a year after Variety reported that AMC acquired the rights to Rice's book, the network has just announced that the "Interview with the Vampire" series has gotten the green light for production (via Associated Press).

When will the Interview with the Vampire TV series be released?

According to AMC's press release, the company ordered an eight-episode first season and plans to launch the series in 2022. The series will be available on both the AMC network and their exclusive AMC+ service next year. In a major 2020 acquisition, the company acquired the rights to Rice's iconic works, encompassing 18 titles, including the "Vampire Chronicles" and "Mayfair Witches" series. This means that not only does AMC have the rights to the novel that the film adaptation is named after, but they have also taken full ownership of the entire intellectual property for the series. 

The titles they acquired from Rice in addition to "Interview with the Vampire" include "The Vampire Lestat," "Prince Lestat," "Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat," and "The Queen of the Damned." The latter had its own film adaptation in 2002, though it was not nearly as successful as "Interview with A Vampire." Ultimately, what this means is that should the first season of "Interview with the Vampire" do well, the network would have a long and intricate series of books to mine for future seasons and even movies. 

Who will be part of the Interview with the Vampire TV series?

Although little information has been released about the cast of "Interview with the Vampire," we have been given numerous details about those who will helm the show behind the camera. The first series will be headed by executive producer Rolin Jones. Anne Rice and her son, Christopher Rice, will serve as executive producers. Anne and Christopher will also be serving as executive producers on all future series and films as part of their agreement with AMC. 

Additionally, producer Mark Johnson, whose previous works include "Breaking Bad," will be in charge of developing the books as a "streaming and television franchise and universe," according to the Associated Press. Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios said in the AMC statement, "This story already has millions of fans in the U.S. and around the world, we can't wait to share this new interpretation of the classic brought to life by Rolin and Mark, as we continue to work on developing the entire collection."

What plot will the Interview with the Vampire TV series follow?

Given the fact that both Anne and Christopher Rice are heavily involved in the production of the series, it is no surprise that the basis of the show will most likely rely heavily on the best-selling novel as its source material. This Rice family has been trying to develop a series based on the books in "The Vampire Chronicles" for years. In July 2018, there was a project set up at Hulu that did not move forward (via Variety). Similarly, according to Vanity Fair, Universal also planned another adaptation in 2014 from Josh Boone, but plans for that fell through in 2016 when they did not renew the contract, and the rights reverted back to Rice.

It has been strongly implied by AMC Studios (which will be taking the lead on developing the full Anne Rice collection) that the first series will do its best to stay true to what was written in the books. Producer Mark Johnson even stated in the AMC press release that, "Having previously produced films from such singular works, I recognize both the responsibility and the obligation we owe the material."