I have loved Anne Rice's work since I first read Interview with The Vampire many years ago. Fans have survived 2 movie adaptations, one more successfully done than the other, but neither really capturing the beauty and detail that the novel series provides.
Fans have been waiting a long time for a true adaptation, one that focusses on the wonder that is Lestat, perhaps a feature for The Mayfair Witches, in fact being honest here, we would probably settle for just about any of her stories as long as they were done well.
In 2018 it looked as though fans were finally going to get their wish as Hulu acquired the rights and talks of The Vampire Chronicles tv series flooded the internet and they even announced that season 1 would focus on the largely ignored "Vampire Lestat" novel and his emergence in the vampire world. Then at the end of 2019 the rug was one more pulled out from under us we learned it had all fallen through and the rights were once again up for grabs.
(You can read my full article about the previous cancellation here)
And now we have an announcement that AMC has purchased the rights. (You can read the full announcement on the official Vampire Chronicles Facebook page HERE At this point I really want to get excited, but I don't think I have the energy left. For at least 8 years (The Imagine acquisition for the rights of Tale of the Body Thief back in 2012 is the first I actively remember), we have been waiting on a new movie or even better a TV show. There have been SO MANY acquisitions and promises at this point than until we have ACTUAL filming news including casting, and premiere date, this for me will remain in the "I will believe it when I see it" category.
The short answer to what does it mean to the rights being purchased by AMC is that it doesn't really mean a whole hell of a lot. It keeps hope in the fans hearts that perhaps it will happen, but color me as jaded as to whether this will come to fruition. I would love to be wrong, but only time will tell.
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