Long before the type of vampires who fell for a slayer (I’m looking at you, Buffy) and way before the vampires who sparkle, we were introduced to Lestat de Lioncourt, a once French nobleman who was turned into a vampire in the 18th century, in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. Anne Rice announced in a 2016 Facebook post that a television series was in the works – one that would be faithful to the books. In her post, she said:
My son Christopher Rice and I will be developing a pilot script and a detailed outline for an open ended series, faithfully presenting Lestat’s story as it is told in the books, complete with the many situations that readers expect to see.
For this project, both Anne Rice and her son, Christopher Rice, will serve as executive producers. They are working with Paramount Television. In January 2018, writer and producer Bryan Fuller (who has worked on Star Trek and American Gods) was also added to the team.
On May 2, 2018, fans received more news when Christopher Rice tweeted a picture of the cover of the script for the pilot episode, letting readers know that the pilot has been written. We now know that the title of the episode will be “Wolf Killer”.
— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) May 2, 2018
The cover was also shared on the Facebook page for The Vampire Chronicles, along with a quote from The Vampire Lestat. The book series started with Interview with the Vampire, which introduced readers to Louis who was turned by Lestat. This book was turned into a movie in 1994 starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst.
The television series will begin with book two of the series, The Vampire Lestat. It focuses on Lestat’s life before he was turned into a vampire by Magnus and more of his life after his transformation.
What do you think about this series? Are you glad Lestat is back? What do you hope to see in the pilot? Tell us in the comments!