Paramount TV and Anonymous Content (“True Detective,” “The Knick”) have optioned all eleven novels in Anne Rice’s best-selling “Vampire Chronicles” series with plans for a series adaptation.
The books center around 18th century French nobleman Lestat de Lioncourt who becomes a vampire. The first book was previously adapted into the acclaimed 1994 Neil Jordan film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt which became a massive box-office success.
Parts of the second book “The Vampire Lestat” and the third “Queen of the Damned” were combined into the less well-received 2002 film “Queen of the Damned” starring Stuart Townsend and the late Aaliyah. A fourth film based on “The Tale of the Body Thief” was in development at one point but didn’t come together.
Rice will be one of the show’s executive producers and her son, Christopher Rice, will be the series’ main writer and showrunner. The pair has been working on the show for a while, but issues with the rights have only just recently settled and so things can move toward production and broadcast.
The deal includes all four aforementioned books plus “Memnoch the Devil,” “The Vampire Armand,” “Merrick,” “Blood and Gold,” “Blackwood Farm,” “Blood Canticle” and “Prince Lestat”.