Before the Southern Vampires of True Blood and the glittering vampires of Twilightthere was Interview with the vampire, the best-selling novel by Anne Rice of 1976 dedicated to vampires in Louisiana.
The first film adaptation of Interview with the vampire came in 1994, with Tom Cruise as Lestat and Brad Pitt as Louis, the vampire interviewee of the title. The film, which was a box office hit upon its release, also had a cast Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas, Thandiwe Newton and a young one Kirsten Dunst in the role of vampire girl Claudia.
Rice’s book series, titled The Vampire Chroniclescontinued long after the release of the first book and film, but, apart from Queen of the Damned of 2002, there were no other film adaptations.
It was AMC who decided to give life to a TV series based on the novels in June 2021. The TV series in eight episodes recently debuted on TV and could be the first of several TV adaptations based on Rice’s novels. The channel has in fact acquired the rights to 18 of books by the prolific author in 2020, including sequels The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damnedas well as his trilogy Lives of the Mayfair Witches.
The producer Mark Johnsonwho worked at breaking Bad and Halt and Catch Firewill be tasked with developing the novels as a “franchise and universe for streaming and television.”
“We know how much this book and those that have followed mean to countless fans,” Jones said in a statement in June 2021. “I am aware of the responsibility we have to the source material.”
Will this adaptation really do justice to these beloved characters? Before we can answer this question, let’s find out together…
Everything you need to know about the Interview with the Vampire TV series:
The TV series Interview with the vampire closely follows the storyline of both Rice’s original novel, and its 1994 film adaptation. So, like the book and the movie, the TV series will see Louis de Pointe du Lac tell the story of his life to a reporter. She will tell how she met the vampire Lestat in 1910 New Orleans and has become a vampire himself. He will also meet Claudia, the little girl who has been turned into a vampire and lives a life of eternal youth. Eventually, Louis and Claudia travel to Paris where they meet a coven of vampires led by the mysterious Armand.
The only notable change to the source material is that the interview sequence will be set to the present dayadding more modern elements to the series.
The Cast of Interview with the Vampire
Jacob Andersonbetter known as gray worm neither Game of thrones, will play the lead role of Louis de Pointe du Lac. The journalist who interviews him, Daniel Molloy, will be played by Eric Bogosian. Sam Reid he will play Louis’ vampire mentor, Lestat de Lioncourt. Vampire child Claudia will be played by Bailey Bass.
The first series will be directed by the executive producer Rolin Jones. Anne Rice and his son, Christopher Rice, will be the executive producers. Anne and Christopher will also executive produce all future series and films as part of their deal with AMC.
The release date of the TV series
Season 1 of Interview with Vampire premiered on October 2, 2022 with two episode, immediately after The Walking Dead Season 11 Part 3. The series consists of 8 episodes.
We still don’t know which platform will broadcast the series in Italy, but considering the precedents it is likely that Sky will do it.
Trailers for Interview with Vampire
The first official trailer for the series was released at ComicCon in July:
The Novel of Anne Rice
Published in 1976, Rice’s novel is one of the vampire stories most read in the world and probably the most important after Dracula by Bram Stoker from 1897. The story of the French nobleman Lestat de Lioncourt, an easygoing seducer, and Louis de Pointe du Lac, the younger man who transforms into his undead companion, has sold millions of copies and spawned a dozen sequels, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles.
Rice’s book paved the way for a humanization of vampires mainly thanks to the character of Louis who tells the story in the first person.
Bryan Fuller he was the first to be offered the direction of the series. After series like dead like me, Hannibal and American Gods had seemed the most suitable person to be showrunner of the series. However, Fuller had to pull back due to his busy schedule.
Alan Taylorthe director of Thor: The Dark World he directed the first two epsiodes.