Hulu has picked up an adaptation of Anne Rice’s lengthy Vampire Chronicles series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The classic gothic literature series will join the streaming service’s catalog of original content, which includes adaptations of The Handmaid’s Tale and the Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock, which debuts July 25th.
Paramount TV optioned the entire 11-book series in 2017, with Rice and her son Christopher attached as a writers and executive producers. Star Trek: Discovery and American Gods showrunner Bryan Fuller was attached to the project earlier this year, but he has since dropped out to “step back from the project rather than step on the toes of [his] longtime friends,” according to THR.
Hulu will have plenty of material to work with
Hulu will have plenty of material to work with. The series is a lengthy sprawl that reaches back to Interview with the Vampire, which was first published in 1976. The books follow an 18th century French nobleman named Lestat de Lioncourt, who became a vampire, a rock star, and a world traveler, asking philosophical questions while living a hedonistic life. The latest novel, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, came out in 2016, while the next, Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat, is set to hit bookstores later in 2018.
This also isn’t the first adaptation from the series: a 1994 film based on the first novel starred Tom Cruise as Lestat, with Kirsten Dunst and Brad Pitt as two of his vampire converts. Queen of the Damned, starring Stuart Townsend as Lestat and the late singer Aaliyah as the eponymous vampire queen, hit theaters in 2002. A reboot of the series was planned in 2016, with Jared Leto attached to star, but the rights to the series reverted back to Rice in November 2016, at which point she revealed her plan to produce a television series.