Anne Rice Regains Rights to her Vampire Chronicles, What Does This Mean for the Reboot?

For several months now we’ve been hearing about a possible reboot of the hit 90s film Interview with a Vampire based on Anne Rice’s novel of the same name. It all started back in May when the Internet went wild with rumors and speculations (as well as plenty of complaints) regarding the film being remade. But, it was a hopeful reboot for the 1976 novel, while in the past we only got films of IWAV and a less-than-stellar follow-up in 2002 with Queen of the Damned. The reboot, which was going to be written and directed by Josh Boone promised to be true to the novels and cover all three of the original first novels, including The Vampire Lestat, which we never got to see on the big screen.

While there were the usual comments of those who hated the idea of their favorite movie being remade, for the most part, fans were excited about the reboot and were interested in what Boone would be able to do with the material. Best known for the film adaptation of the heartbreaking drama The Fault in our Stars, Boon had already completed a new draft for the Vampire Chronicles reboot. He even posted an image on his Instagram page that showed the cover page of the script, which he had co-wrote with Jill Killington.

However, today it has been announced that the Vampire Chronicles film franchise has been staked though the heart as Anne Rice has regained the theatrical rights to her book and is now planning, along with her son Christopher Rice, a TV series adaptation.

Before more hysteria ensues…this isn’t a bad thing. Here is the news direct from Rice’s Facebook page.

“A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe. In this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is THE way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold. — 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, complete with the many situations that readers expect to see. We will likely begin with ‘The Vampire Lestat’ and move on from there.”

Rice adds that she and her son are going to serve as the executive producers for the TV show and that they will come up with the show’s outline and plan before going out to procedures who will shop the project around to networks.

But what happened to the plans for the movie reboot that were already in place? Rice added,

“As many of you know, Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment had optioned the series to develop motion pictures from it, and 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 mentioned that her fans have been telling her for many years that they would love to see a Game of Thrones style adaptation of her series. Which would be a good thing as it would allow the story to be told more in length and expand on the characters in a way that a film wouldn’t be able to.

Many are saying that HBO would be an excellent choice for the Vampire Chronicles show, but would the big cable network really want to dive back into another Vampire themed TV show so soon after True Blood just ended? The good news is that today there are many other options for a TV show that wants to push the boundaries. Networks such as FX and AMC could easily take on the series and do well with it. And there is always the option of Netflix which seems to be a very popular choice for new and daring television these days.

Wherever the show ends up, it is sure to be an exciting road ahead for Rice & company as they plan the outline for the series and begin looking for the perfect cast members. While it was rumored that Suicide Squad’s new Joker Jared Leto would play Lestat in the film reboot, there hasn’t been any word of who will play the mysterious and devilish vampire on the TV series. Fortunately, Rice is a writer who listens and communicates with her fans on her Facebook page, so it is likely that she will be willing to take the potential viewer’s opinion into account when it comes to casting.