Interview with the vampire: the TV series is coming

Interview with the vampire: the TV series is coming

Interview with the vampire

Back in 1994, Neil Jordan directed a film based on Anne Rice's novel of the same name, Interview with the Vampire. The film starred Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and a very young Kirsten Dunst (later known for the role of Mary Jane in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy). Now, the US broadcaster AMC, known for The Walking Dead, Mad Man and Breaking Bad, is planning to produce a series dedicated to Anne Rice's masterpiece, Interview with the Vampire.

As also reported by ScreenRant (here the original news), in 2020 the network had already acquired the rights to Chronicles of the vampires and Mayfair Witches, that is the two collections of novels written by Rice and of which Interview with the vampire is part. From the little information released so far, the show is expected to consist of 8 episodes, based on a script written by Rolin Jones, who is also an executive producer of the series.

Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios, stated that Rice's story already enjoys millions of fans both in the United States and around the world, so much so that the broadcaster is eager to share this new interpretation of the literary classic that has become very famous with the public. over the past few decades.

Recall that the success of the first film (here in a special offer) made it possible in 2002 to make the sequel called The Queen of the Damned, this time directed by Michael Rymer and based again on Rice's work. However, the film was unable to repeat the success of its predecessor, also and above all due to the absence of the original cast of the first film, as well as for a script that certainly did not live up to expectations. The TV series of Interview with the Vampire, which could give life to a real franchise based on the works of Rice, should debut in the course of 2022 on AMC and AMC Plus, while there is currently no news regarding a possible release. in Italy.

'Interview With the Vampire' finds new life on your television

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Vampire television is coming back to life. While FX's hilarious 'What We Do in the Shadows' is still representing for the undead on the small screen, there hasn't been much in the way of dramas lately. Enter the gothic charms of 'Interview With the Vampire' . . .  again.

On Monday, AMC announced that a series adaptation of the famed Anne Rice novel – which once was adapted into a cult-favorite movie in the '90s – will debut on AMC and AMC+  in 2022. The new eight-episode series will be the first title adapted from AMC's acquisition deal last year that includes 18 Rice titles encompassing the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches novels. 

Rolin Jones ('Friday Night Lights,' 'Perry Mason') comes on as the series creator, showrunner and executive producer, while Rice herself and son Christopher remain on as the non-writing executive producers of the show.

'In 1973, a grieving mother and extraordinary writer began what would become the finest vampire novel ever written (all respects to Mr. Stoker),' said Jones in a statement. 'Nearly 50 years later we know what's expected of us. We know how much this book and the ones that follow mean to their massive fan base. We feel you over our shoulders as we tend the Savage Garden. Louis and Lestat are coming out of hiding and we can't wait to reunite them with you.'

The 1994 film adaptation of 'Interview With the Vampire' stars Brad Pitt as Louis, a man who claims to have been a grieving plantation owner before becoming a vampire, turned by the vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise in a blond wig). Theirs is a rocky relationship as they disagree on whether they must kill humans to feed or not, and it comes to head over the transformation of a 10-year-old girl Claudia (Kirsten Dunst in a breakout role) into one of the undead.

Since the release of the popular yet controversial film, (which even prompted Oprah to walk out of a screening due to the film's gory yet sensual themes), the gothic and alluring world of vampires inspired by Rice's words have spawned a whole genre of bloodsucking media. With Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise as the '90s blueprint for smoldering male vampires, what followed were more projects that combined vampire love triangles: 'True Blood' on HBO, the 'Twilight' movies, 'The Vampire Diaries' on the CW, among others. It should be noted that all are adaptations of popular book series written by women.

Written from Lestat's point of view, Rice's Vampire Chronicles have transformed the modern legacy of vampires and other supernatural beings from creatures of myth, to beings with humanity, magic and capable of intimacy in the human world.