Hulu is sinking its teeth into Anne Rice. The streaming service has picked up the author’s “Vampire Chronicles” TV series, an individual with knowledge of the deal tells TheWrap.
Anne and son Christopher Rice will executive produce the project, alongside Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin, which has been in the works since 2016. There is currently no showrunner attached to the series.
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content optioned the rights to 11 of Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books for adaptation in 2017, one year after Rice began developing the project.
“It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,” said Amy Powell, president, Paramount TV, in a statement at the time. “The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary or otherwise. We are thrilled to collaborate with Anne, Christopher and the team at Anonymous Content on this epic series.”
The author previously revealed the series will begin with the story told in “The Vampire Lestat” and be an entirely open-ended story that could span multiple seasons.
Rice is a New York Times best-selling author of over 30 titles. Her first novel “Interview with the Vampire” was published in 1976 and has become one of the bestselling novels worldwide and was the basis for the 1994 film of the same name, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.