After teasing recently that they’ll soon be making an important announcement, Anne and Christopher Rice have just dropped a thrilling stunner of an announcement, one that’s been very long awaited:
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to The Vampire Chronicles!!!!
Fans rejoice and go wild in response the Rices’ announcement just minutes ago on their Facebook page.
Christopher Rice himself will be writing the series and will also serve as Executive Producer. Anne will also serve as an Executive Producer.
Amy Powell, president of Paramount TV, had this to say:
“It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm in which all vampire stories are measured against. 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 […] The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary or otherwise. We are thrilled to collaborate with Anne, Christopher and the team at Anonymous Content on this epic series.”
“Thrilled” is an understatement! We’re ecstatic!
Anonymous Content’s David Kanter also had some words to say:
“Together with our partners at Paramount Television, we are embarking on a fantastic journey with Anne and Christopher Rice to bring Anne’s unparalleled imagination to television at the moment when the medium is experiencing a global apex in the demand for the most outstanding, exciting and heightened premium dramatic programming […] ’The Vampire Chronicles,’ in its entirety, is not only a phenomenally complex universe of story-telling, it is also a world-wide readership whose connections to the books and their author are deep and abiding. It is a tremendous responsibility to help bring the books to television, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity.”
Did Anne have anything to say about this? You bet she did:
“I’m thrilled beyond words to be working with Paramount TV and Anonymous Content –known for extraordinary cutting edge series such as “True Detective,” “Quarry,” and “The Knick” […] In this unique golden age of television, I couldn’t ask for a finer or more passionate team to help bring my beloved vampire hero, Lestat, alive in a series of the highest quality. This is a dream come true, both for me and for Christopher and for the fans who have been asking to see the Brat Prince in this medium for years.”
No wonder she’s been talking about “True Detective” lately on her FB page!
Christopher Rice added:
“The first great day for me on this project was when my mother asked me to partner with her on it. The second, is the announcement of this thrilling partnership with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. For decades now fans of ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ have been clamoring for a long-form television adaptation of this galaxy of content. Just a glance at the libraries of these two innovative, groundbreaking companies makes clear why they’re perfectly suited to granting this wish. Add to that their passion and enthusiasm for the long term vision Mom and I share for this series, and we’re confident this exciting deal will result in many excellent things for Lestat in the universe of television.”
Fellow fans, this is truly amazing news. Because it means that this is finally not just a fantasy but a soon-to-be reality! Holy crap, I think I’ll go re-read the entirety of the Chronicles just to celebrate – wooooohoooooo!!!!