Novelist Anne Rice has been trying for years to turn her iconic "Vampire Chronicles" book series into a television show. Now, the project seems to have found new life -- and an official home.
Hulu has snapped up the rights to the "Vampire Chronicles" TV series, outbidding "multiple outlets pursuing the drama," according to The Hollywood Reporter. While different networks and platforms had been vying for the chance to air the sure-to-be buzzy series, however, its behind the scenes situation is another story.
Bryan Fuller -- the showrunner behind splashy TV projects including "Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies," "American Gods," and "Star Trek: Discovery" -- was initially attached to executive produce "Vampire Chronicles," but pulled out of the project back in January. THR reports that Fuller made that decision in order not to "step on the toes of longtime friends Anne Rice and her son, Christopher Rice, who penned the original script."
We're guessing that that's Hollywood code for the tried and true "creative differences" excuse, though we're also curious why there was a clash at all between Fuller and the Rices, whose sensibilities seem fairly in sync. Whatever the real reason for the producer's departure, the show securing a platform in Hulu should go a long way in helping it finally make it through the development process and onto viewers' screens.
The "Vampire Chronicles" series is set to be based on 11 books in Rice's collection, which began with 1976's "Interview With the Vampire." That book was adapted into a film of the same name in 1994, which starred Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, and Antonio Banderas. In 2002, another "Chronicles" novel, "Queen of the Damned," hit the big screen, featuring the late Aaliyah.
No word yet on who is being eyed to star in this new take. Stay tuned.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]
Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis (Brad Pitt) is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story to an eager biographer (Christian Slater). Suicidal after the death of his family, he meets Lestat (Tom Cruise), a vampire who persuades him to choose immortality over death and become his companion. Eventually, gentle Louis resolves to leave his violent maker, but Lestat guilts him into staying by turning a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) -- whose addition to the "family" breeds even more conflict. Read More