Some bad news for fans of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, as Deadline is reporting that Hulu has opted to pass on the planned television series from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.
Rice and her son Christopher have been looking to get a small screen adaptation of her book series off the ground since the rights reverted back to the author in late 2016. Paramount and Anonymous came on board the following year, with Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) originally signing on as showrunner before stepping down and being succeeded by Dee Johnson (Nashville) after Hulu first picked up the project.
While Hulu has passed on the series, a post on its official Facebook page from Anne Rice, Chris Rice and novelist Eric Shaw Quinn seems to suggest that The Vampire Chronicles is not yet dead:
“To all the wonderful, loyal and steadfast supporters of this page and of this show. We realize it’s been some time since we’ve given you an update. Please allow me to assure you that magnificently exciting things are happening behind the scenes and we are dyyyyyyyyyying to talk to you about them. But in this particular moment, we are sworn to secrecy. The minute, and I assure you, the MINUTE, we are free to discuss the latest developments, many of them the most exciting since we began work on this, we will do so, and we will do so here. This page is not dead. Like Lestat, this project will live forever. We know you thirst, and we, Lestat and all the others who share the dark gift shall satisfy that thirst very soon.”
Rice’s eleven book series first launched in 1976 with Interview with the Vampire and has went on to sell over 100 million copies worldwide, as well as spawning the feature films Interview with the Vampire in 1994 and The Queen of the Damned in 2002.