Hulu grabs Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles
The competition between outlets was intense, with many fighting over the popular fiction property of Anne Rice. However, Hulu won out and is already putting the drama into development. It is only a matter of time until we find out who will be cast as Lestat because, in all honesty, isn’t that what we care about most about Vampire Chronicles? Maybe my priorities are just a wee bit misplaced.
The vampire series has been trapped in production limbo. Initially, the rights for the vampire series had been picked up by Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment. However, the rights eventually returned back to Anne Rice when time lapsed on the project. Rice and her son, Christopher Rice, then wrote the pilot script for the series to be brought to television.
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have the rights to the books in the Vampire Chronicles. Both Anne and Christopher Rice will serve as executive producers to the new Hulu series with David Kanter and Steve Golin of Anonymous Content. Bryan Fuller of American Gods was originally set to be the showrunner, but he left the series in January. The series is currently without a showrunner.
This is not the first time Anne Rice’s novels have been adapted for screen. In 1994 we saw the adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, which starred Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst. And in 2002 we received the adaptation of Queen of the Damned that some of us pretend didn’t actually happen.