Deadline is reporting that The Vampire Chronicles, a series based on the books by Anne Rice, will no longer be moving ahead on Hulu. They have apparently decided to pass on the project after a previous deal was made with Paramount TV and Anonymous that would bring the series to the streaming platform.
Christopher Rice, author and son of Anne Rice, was to have executive produced the series along with Rice, David Kanter, and Steve Golin.
The Vampire Chronicles first made waves back in 1976 with Interview with the Vampire, a novel narrated by a Louis de Pointe du Lac, a centuries old vampire who decides to share the story of his life with a young reporter.
The novel introduced readers to a new kind of vampire and brought to life the vampire child Claudia and the Brat Prince of the vampires, Lestat de Lioncourt, the vampire who turned Louis and who would take over as narrator for the central books in the series for decades to come. As beautiful as he was deadly, Lestat is a bold, charismatic character that kept readers coming back for more.
The first novel was adapted into a highly successful film in the 1990s starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas, and Kirsten Dunst. The proposed new series was meant to be an adaptation of the entire Chronicles starting from the beginning.
Bryan Fuller had initially signed on as showrunner for the series when it was picked up by Hulu in 2018, but exited shortly thereafter.
Christopher Rice had only recently posted his excitement about the project promising big news to come on the official Facebook page of the series and saying, “Like Lestat this project will live forever.”
There are no new posts on the page at this time updating fans about the highly anticipated series, but we hope to hear more soon and that The Vampire Chronicles will find a new home quickly.
The Vampire Chronicles has marvelous potential with a devoted fanbase of readers who have followed the novels for over 40 years. iHorror will keep you posted as this story develops.