No matter your opinion on Game of Thrones, many can admit that the series–adapted from a series of books by George R.R. Martin–started a trend in adapting fantasy to the small screen. It’s the kind of trend that, if you have another successful fantasy book series, you’d want to hop on.
Anne Rice, the author best known for The Vampire Chronicles series, which told the adventures of the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, wants to follow in Martin’s footsteps.
She announced Saturday that the theatrical rights for the series–which were originally with Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment–are back in her possession, means that she gets a say in how her pulpy, sometimes erotic novels get adapted.
On her official Facebook fan page, Rice announced that she and her son, Christopher Rice, are developing a script for the pilot and a general outline for a longer series.
“A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius, and the entire tribe,” she wrote. “In this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is THE way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold.”
Her current plan is to adapt her books into an “open-ended” television series and serve as executive producer. Christopher would also be an EP on the project.
We haven’t seen a Rice movie in theaters for a while. Interview with a Vampire, starring Tom Cruise as the swoon-worthy vampire, came out in 1994 and The Queen of the Damned, which didn’t have Tom Cruise and was dull otherwise, came out in 2002. Universal picked up the rights in 2014 with plans to make a new film called Lestat.
The most recent news surfaced back in May, which concerned the possibility that a certain joker would be cast in the lead role.
However, Josh Boone, who had been picked to write and direct the feature, has been busy with other projects, most notably a New Mutants film, and we haven’t heard much since.
Rice simply added in her post that the motion picture deal, which would’ve launched another franchise, “did not work out.”
A TV series does suit The Vampire Chronicles much better since it gives creators the room to adapt the source material. Considering how many vampire shows we got in the wake of Twilight I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner.
The vampire trend is dying off, but there’s always room for a new fantasy series starring sexy men. Plus, Lestat is the ultimate bad boy. He’s spoiled, whiny, and ethereal. The world he inhabits is stylish and moody, where everybody is obsessed with themselves and wants to have sex with each other. Seems like prime CW or MTV material.
The world Rice has created is also only getting larger, so there’s no telling how long a potential series would be. Rice is coincidentally on tour for her new book Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, which goes on sale Tuesday. Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like.