Fans of Anne Rice, the mother of the modern vampire tale, were ecstatic back in November when the author announced she had regained the rights to her seminal Vampire Chronicles, which include Interview With the Vampire.

“The theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands,” Rice wrote on her Facebook page in November, “free and clear! I could not be more excited about this! — A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe.”

Today it was announced that the series has been optioned for television by Paramount and Anonymous Content. From Deadline Hollywood:

Christopher Rice will pen the series and serve as executive producer alongside Anne Rice and Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin. The project is expected to be taken out to networks soon.

“It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with The Vampire Chronicles is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV. “The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary or otherwise.”

The full story is here. January Magazine’s 2005 profile of Rice is here.

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