Before Twilight, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the most popular bloodsuckers around were found in the pages of author Anne Rice’s epic series of novels collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles. Focusing on the vampire called Lestat, an aristocratic Frenchman from the 18th century, as well as several other ancient vamps, the books have sold over 100 million copies since the first novel in the series, Interview with the Vampire, was published over 40 years ago. Now, these beloved vampires are coming to TV in a new series that will soon be streaming via Hulu. Although the series is still in the earliest stages, here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming historical fantasy drama.
How Did Lestat Go from Movies to TV?
The journey from book to films to television for Anne Rice’s legendary series of novels has been a long and winding one. Interview with the Vampire was originally published in 1976, and almost immediately the movies rights were sold. However, the property changed hands many times, going from studio to studio. The transgressive novel, which had pansexual erotic overtones, proved to be too controversial for the studios of the time.
Despite the fact that Hollywood seemed too scared to make this movie accurately, many attempts were made and several different scripts were written. After Rice wrote the first sequel book, The Vampire Lestat, and its follow-up The Queen of the Damned, interest in what was now “The Vampire Chronicles” gained even more traction. Finally, Warner Bros produced Interview with the Vampire as a big budget film in 1994.