"The Vampire Chronicles," a vampire series written by Anne Rice, might have its own TV series soon. The acclaimed author is interested in pitching the story to HBO or Netflix. Although the plans are in its early stages, "The Vampire Diaries" stars Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder are considered to be early favorites. Rice announced through a Facebook post that she obtained the full theatrical rights for her vampire series.
Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles"
Deemed as the breakthrough novels in the vampire genre during the '70s and the '80s, "The Vampire Chronicles" have generated a cult following. The theatrical rights were held by Warner Bros. for years and they launched two films based on the series. In 1994, a film titled "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt who played Lestat and Louis, respectively was released. This was followed by "Queen of the Damned" in 2002 with Stuart Townsend as Lestat. The first film was a blockbuster but the second one flopped and the rights were bought by Universal in 2014.
"The Vampire Diaries" Stars Eyed For "The Vampire Chronicles"
After Rice announced on Facebook that her dream is to see her work on the small screen as a TV series, there have been numerous rumors on the best potential actors for the show. "The Vampire Diaries" actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley are early favorites for the roles of Lestat and Louis. The CW's vampire series is in its final season and since "The Vampire Chronicles" is still in its early production stages, the actors could take some time off should they be offered the role.
Another possible candidate is "The Originals" actor Joseph Morgan. "The Vampire Diaries" spin-off is rumored to be in its final season although its producer is dropping hints that it might be given another season. While fans of "The Vampire Chronicles" are excited who would be chosen for the role in the new vampire series, Rice made it clear that the project is still in the early stage of production. Rice with the help of her son, Christopher, needs to complete the series bible and the pilot script and look for producers before she can make her dreams of seeing a television series based on "The Vampire Chronicles."