Anne Rice followers can rejoice with some tasty bit of stories: her beloved vampire novel, Interview With the Vampire, goes to obtain one other adaptation at AMC, this time within the type of an eight-part collection. The novel was famously tailored into a movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, which turned a cult favourite after a lackluster field workplace debut. Rolin Jones has been introduced because the creator, author, and showrunner for this new collection, coming off of the primary season of HBO’s Perry Mason.
Interview With the Vampire was initially revealed again in 1976, and later tailored by Neil Jordan into the 1994 movie of the identical title. The novel and movie follows the story of Louis, a newly created vampire who makes an attempt to retain his humanity through the years, both by means of consuming solely animals or making a vampire little one alongside along with his creator Lestat. When revealed, Rice's novel was thought-about one of many first nice additions to the vampire style in years, and Lestat turned a cultural icon up within the ranks with Dracula. The movie adaptation was additionally beloved for its faithfulness to the supply materials, in addition to the sturdy gay subtext.
AMC Networks acquired the rights to Rice's 18 novels earlier final yr, and that is the primary challenge they've introduced after shopping for her IP. Longtime TV producer Mark Johnson will oversee the franchise for AMC, serving in a Kevin Feige-like place because the community develops content material based mostly on Rice's works. Johnson has labored on many standard and well-reviewed collection, together with Higher Name Saul, Halt and Catch Fireplace and Breaking Dangerous. Johnson, Jones, Rice, and her son Christopher Rice will function government producers on Interview With the Vampire.
In an official assertion, Johnson mentioned, “The problem of adapting for tv the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is each intimidating and exhilarating. Having beforehand produced movies from such singular works, I acknowledge each the duty and the duty we owe the fabric. I strongly consider that with AMC and Rolin Jones we’re outfitted to fulfill this problem and to thrill and entertain each the loyal Anne Rice fan and the viewer who’s simply now discovering her work.”
AMC has hooked up some nice inventive expertise to the collection and franchise, nevertheless, the true success of the present actually does hinge on the casting. Followers cherished seeing long-haired Pitt, a gleeful Cruise and a sultry Antonio Banderas have intimate homosexual moments on display screen, so casting different high-profile actors may be a great transfer. Moreover, there are some complaints amongst followers that the movie solely had homosexual subtext, so ditching the "sub" for the collection can also be one other suggestion.
Regardless of being labeled as style tv and having a divisive fanbase, vampire collection are nonetheless getting greenlit by varied totally different studios. HBO earlier this yr introduced a reboot of True Blood, the vampire collection that launched the profession of Alexander Skarsgard. The What We Do within the Shadows spinoff on FX additionally achieved nice success with its second season, and the third is about to premiere later this yr. And Showtime is growing a collection based mostly on the novel and movie adaptation of Let the Proper One In. So, it's by no means been a greater time to be a vampire fan.
Interview With the Vampire is about to premiere on AMC in 2022.
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