In 1994 “Interview with the Vampire”, directed by Irishman Neil Jordan, made the first of the novels of the saga written by Anne Rice to the cinema. In addition to Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, the cast was completed by Antonio Bandera, Chrstian Slater, Stephen Rea and Kirsten Dunst, who at the age of 11 got the nomination for the Golden Globe as best supporting actress.
Now the AMC company will be in charge of reviving the sleeping vampires almost 30 years ago. Jacob Anderson (they remember Gray Worm in “Game of Thrones”) will be the one who stars as Louis de Pointe du Lac, the same one who gave life to Brad Pitt, who, they will remember, is in charge of narrating his life to the journalist and revealing how he became a vampire under his mentor Lestat de Lioncourt. The other is Sam Reid, who was announced a few weeks ago as Lestat, who is played by Tom Cruise in the feature film.
The idea is ambitious and aims to open a new franchise for the AMC, especially considering that “The Walking Dead” which has just started its final season. It is already confirmed that it will be 8 episodes and that it will hit the screens sometime in 2022.
But you have to know that between 1994 and the present, vampires went through several vicissitudes. In 2002, Michael Rymer directed a direct sequel to the film that included material from the next two books (“Lestat the Vampire” and “Queen of the Damned”) but it was a critical and box office failure. This condemned the saga to several years of waiting.
Fourteen years later, they began to talk about a remake of “Interview with the Vampire” (even the name of Jared Leto rang) but it did not happen of intentions. In 2018 Paramount bought the rights and the acquisition was accompanied by the announcement that Bryan Fuller (showrunner of “Hannibal” and “American Gods”) was going to take over the series that would again adapt Rice’s work.
After an agreement with the writer, it was decided to move the action to the present day (the original was located in the 19th century) and it would follow Lestat. However, again everything was at a standstill. A year later, the rights passed to Hulu (part of the Disney empire) who decided to work on the eleven books that have Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles but again the project bogged down.
Finally, AMC bought the projects during 2020 and decided to start with an adaptation with the intention of creating a macro universe that can include the rest of the novels. This despite the fact that with the passage of time, Rice’s vampire story crossed different stages. The most recent, a turn to science fiction that puzzled its followers and that opened what seems to be a new stage in its narrative.
In addition to “Interview with the Vampire”, AMC acquired the rights to “The Vampire Lestat” and “The Queen of the Damned”, considered central to Rice’s narrative. But it also obtained the rights to “The Tale of the Body Thief” and “Memnoch el diablo”, analogous stories but with a radically different tone from the previous ones.
It also features the singles of “The vampire Armand”, “Pandora”, “Vittorio the vampire” and “Blood and gold”. He also acquired the rights to the most recent and curious stories in the saga, “Prince Lestat,” “Prince Lestat and the Kingdoms of Atlantis,” and “Communion of Blood: A Story of Prince Lestat.”
As you can see, there is plenty of material, but the public’s response will have to be seen. Vampires are still alive, through the centuries and as the famous Count Dracula said “crossing oceans of time.”