Lestat Is Coming to Hulu as the Platform Picks Up Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ TV Series
Hulu is opening up its slate of literary adaptations. We all know about The Handmaid’s Tale, of course, and next week brings the debut of Castle Rock, based on Stephen King‘s work. Now Anne Rice’s 11-novel series The Vampire Chronicles is coming to Hulu as a series.
The new Vampire Chronicles series will be executive produced by Anne Rice and her openly gay son (a bestselling author in his own right) Christopher Rice, along with David Kanter and Steve Golin from Anonymous Content, the company producing the series.
The Vampire Chronicles novels center around Lestat de Lioncourt, an 18th century French nobleman who became a vampire. Lestat uses his extended lifespan to travel the world and go on hedonistic adventures while musing about philosophy, morality and art.
Books in the Vampire Chronicles series have been adapted before, most notably as the 1994 Tom Cruise / Brad Pitt vehicle Interview With the Vampire. A remake was planned in 2016 to star Jared Leto, but when the film rights reverted back to Rice she said, “In this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is the way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold.”
Christopher Rice tells Hornet, “Hulu is fast becoming a destination for superb TV adaptations of landmark literary works and we’re thrilled to have The Vampire Chronicles become part of that exciting trend. We met with many different outlets, but the passion and enthusiasm from the Hulu team was off the charts. We look forward to many more exciting announcements in the weeks ahead.”
Christopher Rice wrote the pilot episode with his mother. Bryan Fuller of Star Trek: Discovery and Hannibal was set to be the series’ showrunner but left the project six months ago because he didn’t want to butt heads with longtime friends the Rices.
Anne Rice’s next book, Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat is due in October. Christopher Rice’s latest book, Bone Music, came out this March, and a sequel, Blood Echo, is coming next February.
Are you looking forward to watching The Vampire Chronicles on Hulu?
Featured image from Interview With the Vampire, courtesy of Warner Bros.