If you weren’t down with Jared Leto as Lestat, rejoice — that idea is staying in the coffin. Per a Facebook post from Anne Rice, author of The Vampire Chronicles, the planned movie reboot has fallen through. Rice and her son are now preparing a pilot script for a television series that would span the events of the novels.
In her post, Rice says that, “The theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear!,” and that “in this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is THE way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold.” She goes on to say that the television series would start with the events of the second novel, The Vampire Lestat, before introducing elements from the other 10 novels, including the first novel, the 1976 Interview With the Vampire. Rice’s post, which went up on November 26, comes just before the November 29 release of the 12th book in the series, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.
In May, it was widely reported that Universal Pictures was moving forward with a movie reboot of Interview With the Vampire, which was to be co-produced by Brian Grazer and star Jared Leto as Lestat. Of that production, Rice’s post says, “though we had the pleasure of working with many fine people in connection with this plan, it did not work out.” For whatever reason, the film plan has fallen through, with Rice saying her and her son Christopher are working on writing the television series themselves.
The series will need to find a network, but if it does, it could be interesting. Although Rice is credited as the screenwriter for the 1994 film version of Interview With the Vampire, her script was subject to rewrites. She had less involvement with the film’s 2002 sequel, Queen of the Damned, and while she helped to promote the movie before its release, she (along with almost everyone else) was more negative about the movie after it flopped. Interestingly, Rice talked about that movie in a fortunately archived 2003 interview, in which she also floats the idea of a cable television series — we can’t verify the interview, but if it’s to be believed, this idea has been gestating for at least 13 years. In any case, it’ll be the first time Lestat hits the screen with Rice in full creative control.
It’ll be a long time before the series becomes real, but if you’re hungry for more information, check out Rice’s Facebook post and the comments below it — Rice has long been great about interacting with her fans, and she’s already dropped plenty of hints as to how she’ll be approaching the series.