Interview With the Vampire Is Coming to a Small Screen Near You
Just when you thought the vampire craze was on its way out, with Twilight and True Blood and The Vampire Diaries but a distant memory, the vampires are rising again. It’s kind of what the undead do, right? Everyone’s favorite bloodsuckers are set for a comeback in Interview With the Vampire, a new AMC series based on a storied novel—one that’s already had a long life in popular culture. Here’s everything we know about Interview With the Vampire so far.
What Is Interview With the Vampire About?
Interview With the Vampire will be adapted from the same-titled novel by Anne Rice, the first in a thirteen-book series called The Vampire Chronicles (AMC has acquired the rights to the entire series). Published in 1976, Interview With the Vampire is widely considered the most significant work of vampire literature since Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The Vampire Chronicles is one of the most popular and profitable vampire properties of all time; the series writ large has sold upwards of 80 million copies worldwide.
Interview With the Vampire opens with a conversation between a reporter and Louis de Pointe du Lac, a centuries-old vampire determined to tell his life story. In Louisiana circa 1791, Louis is approached by Lestat de Lioncourt, who turns him into a vampire and becomes his immortal companion. As the decades pass, Louis wearies of immortality and human suffering, growing increasingly at odds with Lestat over their differing views about feeding on human blood. Fearing that Louis will leave him, Lestat turns a human child into a vampire to give Louis a reason to stay. Louis develops a fierce affection for Claudia, their vampire daughter, but the family bond sours when it becomes apparent that Claudia’s body will never mature; she will forever remain an adult woman trapped in a child’s body. Claudia plots to kill Lestat, but Lestat won’t go quietly, leading these three vampires on a high-octane chase around the world, where they meet Old World vampires in Europe. The story ends with the reporter begging Louis to turn him into a vampire and grant him eternal life; disgusted, Louis vanishes, while the reporter resolves to track down Lestat, whom he hopes will grant his request.
Has Interview With the Vampire Been Adapted Before?
Yes. You might remember the cult classic film from 1994, starring Brad Pitt as Louis, Tom Cruise as Lestat, and a young Kirsten Dunst as Claudia. In March 1994, Esquire went behind the scenes of the original production, chronicling a pre-Internet firestorm over the casting of Cruise, stirred up by outraged fans and gleefully stoked by Rice. Read all about it here. Interview WIth the Vampire has also been adapted as a comic book on three separate occasions.
In 2016, Rice announced on Facebook that she had re-acquired the theatrical rights to her books, and that she would seek to develop them as a television series. Bryan Fuller (of Dead Like Me and Hannibal) signed on as showrunner in January 2018, but exited soon after. In July 2018, the project found a home at Hulu, but it failed to move forward. In May 2020, AMC announced their acquisition of the rights, with Rice taking home an estimated $30-40 million.
Who’s Attached to Interview With the Vampire?
Director Alan Taylor, an alum of big-budget dramas like Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and The Sopranos, will direct the show’s first two episodes, while also coming aboard as an executive producer.
“Alan Taylor is a legendary director and someone we have real history with, going back to the first episode of ‘Mad Men,’ an hour of exquisitely crafted television that propelled our company in a new direction to become a force in original programming,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “We are assembling a true dream team of talent on Interview with the Vampire, from Rolin Jones to Mark Johnson and now with the addition of Alan, a director with a body of work that could basically break IMDb, not to mention Anne Rice’s extraordinary stories and characters, which have captivated so many millions of fans from around the world. We are so excited to be where we are on this series, and there is so much more to come.”
Rolin Jones (known for Weeds, Friday Night Lights, and Boardwalk Empire) will serve as showrunner, while Mark Johnson (Better Call Saul) will executive produce, along with Rice and her son, the novelist Christopher Rice. No casting details have yet to emerge.
When Will Interview With the Vampire Come Out?
Interview With the Vampire’s eight-episode season is set to debut sometime in 2022. Watch this space for updates as we continue to learn more.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.