The Interview With The Vampire adaptation, based on the book by Anne Rice, has been in the works for a long time.
Despite the previous star-studded movie adaption, Anne Rice wanted to see how the story could be told in a longer television series form.
After years of development hell the project is finally here.
This page was updated: 12/16/22
About The Book:
This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life.
His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside.
Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even “settle down” for a while in the opulent French Quarter.
Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind.
Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.
Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires–a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined.
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Current Production Status: The first season finale aired on November 13th, 2022. The second season is in pre-production.
Interview With The Vampire Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in 1976, and a film adaptation was released in 1994.
In 2014 Anne Rice’s son, Christopher Rice,wrote another screenplay adaptation and the project was in development at Universal Pictures. In 2016 Anne Rice regained the rights and and announced that she wanted to develop the series on television.
April 2017 Paramount Television optioned the rights in a bidding war with Christopher Rice attached to rewrite the screenplay.
Bryan Fuller joined the project to act as showrunner in January 2018 but left the project just a few weeks later. Hulu was brought on for production and distribution in 2018 but decided not to move forward with it at the end of 2019.
Finally in May 2020 AMC Networks purchased the rights to 18 Anne Rice novels, including Interview With The Vampire adaptation rights. The next year in June AMC gave it an 8 episode series order.
In August casting of the leads was announced and by the end of the year filming began. After filming from December 2021 to April 2022, the series moved into post-production.
At San Diego Comic Con 2022 the release date and first trailer were announced.
The first season began airing in October 2022, with a second season renewal announced shortly before the premiere.
Reception: The show currently has a 98% tomatometer and 74% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 6.6/10 on IMDb.
Who Owns The Rights: AMC Studios.
Who Is Attached: Sam Reid, Jacob Anderson, Eric Bogosian, Chris Stack, Kalyne Coleman
Filming Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana.
Estimated Release: October 2nd, 2022.
Previous mentions on AiLL: 2023 Books to Screen Adaptations
Other Adaptations From This Author: There was a previous Interview With The Vampire adaptation- a film released in 1994 starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Slater.
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