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Hulu sinks its teeth into Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles

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Jul 17, 2018

Following the massive success of The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu has snatched up the rights to another classic literary creation, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, per The Hollywood Reporter. Consisting of 12 books so far, the series revolves around Lestat de Lioncourt, a Frenchman-turned-vampire in the late 1700s. 

Hulu will air the show, which is a joint production between Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, which optioned the rights to the first 11 books last spring. Bryan Fuller was going to be the showrunner, but decided to give up the position so as not to incur the ire of Rice and her son, Christopher, both of whom are his longtime friends. Fuller left Star Trek: Discovery (which he created with Alex Kurtzman) last year over creative and scheduling disagreements with CBS. In the same year, he also left American Gods.

Anne and Christopher will serve as executive producers on the show, as will David Kanter and Steve Golin of Anonymous Content. Christopher is also penning the episodes.

The first book in the series, 1976's Interview With the Vampire, was adapted into a star-studded Hollywood film in 1994 by director Neil Jordan that featured Tom Cruise as Lestat, as well as then-nascent stars Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Thandie Newton, and a young Kirsten Dunst. Despite middling reviews, the movie was a box-office success and received nominations at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

A 13th book from Rice, Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat, is expected to hit shelves this October.