Author Anne Rice is planning to bring her acclaimed Vampire Chronicles book series to the small screen. The 75 year-old author announced her plans on Facebook by posting that she has regained the theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles.
“The theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear! A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe,” she wrote.
Universal and Imagine Entertainment had acquired the film rights to the book series, which centers on a 18th century French nobleman-turned-vampire, in 2014. But according to the author, her stories are better suited for TV.
“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.”\
Rice and her son Christopher will develop a pilot script. The author said they will likely begin with ‘The Vampire Lestat,’ the second book of the series.
“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…We will likely begin with “The Vampire Lestat” and
move on from there.”
Rice further wrote, “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.”