AMC is taking us back to the mid-’90s vampire boom with a new show based Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire. Actually, they have plans for a few shows based on Rice’s vast catalogue — there’s no point in making these days if it’s not part of a cinematic universe — but Interview is the first and the best, so it’s starting there.
And today, People has revealed the first images from the show, which stars Sam Reid as the pansexual lothario Lestat de Lioncourt and Game of Thrones veteran Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) as Louis de Pointe du Lac, a very sad nobleman who Lestat turns into a vampire in the late 1790s in New Orleans. They develop a love-hate relationship over the centuries, eventually turning a young girl named Claudia (Bailey Bass) into a vampire and adding her to their brood.
We don’t have pictures of Claudia yet, but AMC has tweeted some pictures of Louis and Lestat below:
AMC will update Interview With The Vampire for “a modern audience”
Given their attire — pinstripe suits, bow ties — these scenes take place long years after Louis has been turned. We also see a new character, a lounge singer named Antoinette Brown (Maura G Hooper), in the lower left-hand photo.
“Developing this series carries great pressure and responsibility,” said executive producer Mark Johnson. “What Anne Rice created and what her fans have been transfixed by forces us to take this book-to-television show transition with a great deal of responsibility. It is imperative that we do not disappoint her fans and yet we need to make sure that this story, these characters sing for a modern audience.”
We are hoping that this series compels the Anne Rice fan to rediscover her works. We are also hoping that those viewers who have never read an Anne Rice novel go running to the bookstore eager to understand what all the fuss is about.
Anne Rice died in December of last year. Her son Christopher will serve as an executive producer on all of AMC’s Vampire Chronicles projects.
The first season of Interview with the Vampire will have seven episodes. There’s no official release date, but expect it later this year.