We could be in store for a franchise that takes over television as Paramount Television and Anonymous Content announced to day that they have optioned the rights to 11 books from Anne Rice‘s “The Vampire Chronicles” series. Anne’s son, Christopher, four-time New York Times Bestselling® author and recipient of the Lambda Literary Award, will pen the series and serve as executive producer alongside Anne Rice, and Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin.
The cultural fascination with vampires is apparently about to come full circle, and a series based on such a large franchise has the potential to not only last for quite a while, but weave new life into the world of the books.
Amy Powell, President of Paramount TV, said in the announcement that, “It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences. The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary or otherwise. We are thrilled to collaborate with Anne, Christopher and the team at Anonymous Content on this epic series.”
Some may find it somewhat questionable to revisit the books so long after the movie adaptation, but I think the television landscape at the moment is begging for such content, and is getting a fair amount of it. That makes this, as mentioned by Ms. Powell, a perfect fit for today’s audiences. If it’s done right, and especially if it is given a legitimately dark, unrelenting treatment.
“I’m thrilled beyond words to be working with Paramount TV and Anonymous Content –known for extraordinary cutting edge series such as “True Detective,” “Quarry,” and “The Knick,” said Anne Rice. “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. 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.”
Christopher Rice added, “The first great day for me on this project was when my mother asked me to partner with her on it. The second, is the announcement of this thrilling partnership with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. For decades now fans of ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ have been clamoring for a long-form television adaptation of this galaxy of content. Just a glance at the libraries of these two innovative, groundbreaking companies makes clear why they’re perfectly suited to granting this wish. Add to that their passion and enthusiasm for the long term vision Mom and I share for this series, and we’re confident this exciting deal will result in many excellent things for Lestat in the universe of television.”
Unfortunately, it will obviously be a while, so this is news that will cause a mixed reaction among the biggest fans, but something rather exciting is on the horizon. Stay tuned for more details on this one, which probably won’t hit until at least late 2018.
photo cr: Cathryn Farnsworth and Nicholas Latimer