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Author Anne Rice developing Vampire Chronicles for TV

The Vampire Chronicles novelist Anne Rice says her popular gothic series is looking for fresh blood — on the small screen.

Rice says she’s adapting her vampire books with the hopes of creating a “a television series of the highest quality.”

“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,” the author posted on her Facebook page Saturday.

Film adaptations

The best-selling author became a household name when her book Interview with the Vampire, published in 1976, was adapted for the big screen in 1994. The film, which did well at the box office and with critics, starred Tom Cruise as vampire Lestat and Brad Pitt as mortal-turned-vampire Louis.

The movie was followed up in 2002 with a film adaptation of Rice’s Queen of the Damned, starring Stuart Townsend and the late singer-actress Aaliyah.

Game of Thrones-style ‘faithful’ adaptation

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment acquired the rights to the whole series in 2014, but according to Rice, “it did not work out.”

“The theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear!” she wrote in the post. “I could not be more excited about this!”

Rice, who is about to launch a book tour for her latest release in the series, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, says she and her son will serve as executive producers on the television project.

“Over the years you all have told me how much you want to see a Game of Thrones style faithful rendering of this material,” she told fans. “Well, I have heard you.”

Article source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/anne-rice-vampire-chronicles-tv-1.3870056?cmp=rss