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Anne Rice s Interview with the Vampire, or simply Interview with the Vampire, is an upcoming American gothic horror vampire television series created by Rolin Jones, based on the 1976 novel of the same name by Anne Rice. It stars Sam Reid as the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, Jacob Anderson as his lover and protégé Louis de Pointe du Lac, Bailey Bass as the child vampire Claudia, and Eric Bogosian as the reporter Daniel Molloy. The series is set to premiere on AMC and AMC+ on October 2, 2022. Interview with the Vampire was renewed for a second season in September 2022, ahead of its premiere.
A sensuous, contemporary reinvention of Anne Rice s revolutionary gothic novel, Interview with the Vampire follows Louis de Pointe du Lac (Jacob Anderson), Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid) and Claudia s (Bailey Bass) epic story of love, blood, and the perils of immortality, as told to journalist Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian). Chafing at the limitations of life as a Black man in 1910s New Orleans, Louis finds it impossible to resist the rakish Lestat s offer of the ultimate escape: joining him as his vampire companion. But Louis s intoxicating new powers come with a violent price, and the introduction of Lestat s newest fledgling, the child vampire Claudia, soon sets them on a decades-long path of revenge and atonement.
Cast and characters
- Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt
- Jacob Anderson as Louis
- Bailey Bass as Claudia
- Eric Bogosian as Daniel Molloy
- Assad Zaman as Rashid
- Steven Norfleet as Paul, Louis s brother
- Kalyne Coleman as Grace, Louis s sister
- Rae Dawn Chong as Florence, Louis s mother
- Jeff Pope as Finn O shea
- Chris Stack as Thomas Tom Anderson
- Rachel Handler as Peg-Leg Doris
- John Dimaggio as Alderman Fenwick
- Dana Gourrier as Bricktop Williams
- Christian Robinson as Levi Freniere
- Maura Grace Athari as Antoinette, a blues singer
|No.||Title||Directed by||Teleplay by||Original release date||U.S. viewers
|1||In Throes of Increasing Wonder…||Alan Taylor||Rolin Jones||October 2, 2022||TBD|
|2||…After the Phantoms of Your Former Self||Alan Taylor||Jonathan Ceniceroz & Dave Harris||October 9, 2022||TBD|
|3||Is My Very Nature That of the Devil||TBA||Rolin Jones & Hannah Moscovitch||October 16, 2022||TBD|
|4||…The Ruthless Pursuit of Blood with All a Child s Demanding||TBA||Eleanor Burgess||October 23, 2022||TBD|
|5||A Vile Hunger for Your Hammering Heart||TBA||Hannah Moscovitch||October 30, 2022||TBD|
|6||TBA||TBA||Coline Abert||November 6, 2022||TBD|
|7||TBA||TBA||Rolin Jones & Ben Philippe||November 13, 2022||TBD|
A new franchise adaptation of Anne Rice s The Vampire Chronicles was initially in development as a film series at Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. The novel series was previously adapted into the 1994 film of the same name starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and the less commercially successful 2002 sequel Queen of the Damned. Rice s son Christopher Rice had adapted the screenplay and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were set as producers. There were no further developments on the project until November 26, 2016, when Rice herself had regained the rights to the franchise, with the intention to develop the novels into a television series, with Anne and Christopher Rice serving as executive producers of the potential series. Upon this announcement, Rice stated, A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe. Though we had the pleasure of working with many fine people in connection with this plan, it did not work out. It is, more than ever, abundantly clear that television is where the vampires belong.
On April 28, 2017, it was announced that Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content had optioned the rights after a competitive month-long bidding war. Christopher Rice was attached to rewrite the screenplay, with Anonymous Content s David Kanter and Steve Golin joining as executive producers. On January 11, 2018, Bryan Fuller joined the project as showrunner, but stepped back later that month to not interfere with what the Rices were planning. In a competitive situation, Hulu put the project in development on July 17, 2018, with Dee Johnson replacing Fuller as showrunner on February 19, 2019. It was later announced on December 19, 2019, that Hulu had decided not to move forward with the project, with Rice adding her trilogy Lives of the Mayfair Witches, the rights to which were still owned by Warner Bros. Pictures, to the larger, complete rights package. Paramount Television was in a position to regain the rights to the novels as it was reported the studio was among the four bidders seeking the property.
On May 13, 2020, it was announced that AMC Networks had purchased the rights to the intellectual property encompassing 18 novels and the possibility to develop feature films and television series from the deal. On June 24, 2021, AMC gave an adaptation of the first novel in the series, Interview with the Vampire, a series order consisting of eight episodes, with the series scheduled to premiere in 2022. Rolin Jones was attached as creator, showrunner, and writer. Mark Johnson was also set to executive produce the project alongside Jones under their overall deals with AMC Studios, as well as oversee the universe for AMC. On July 19, 2021, it was announced that Alan Taylor was attached to direct the first two episodes of the first season as well as executive produce. On September 28, 2022, ahead of the series premiere, AMC renewed Interview with the Vampire for a second season.
Writing and themes
In July 2022, Jones said that the series would embrace the gay subtext of Rice s original novel, in particular the sexuality and intimate relationship of Lestat and Louis. The 1994 film adaptation was criticized for excluding this element.
In August 2021, it was announced that Sam Reid and Jacob Anderson were cast in the lead roles of Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac. In October 2021, it was reported that Bailey Bass joined cast in a starring role as Claudia, and Kalyne Coleman would recur as Grace, Louis sister. In March 2022, it was announced that Assad Zaman was cast in a starring role as Rashid, while Eric Bogosian was cast as Daniel Molloy in an undisclosed capacity. In April 2022, AMC announced the casting of Maura Grace Athari as Antoinette, a blues singer whose relationship with Lestat disrupts our two vampires domestic tranquility.
Principal photography began in late 2021, running from December to April 2022 in New Orleans.
The series is set to premiere on AMC on October 2, 2022. Episodes will also be available on AMC s sister streaming service AMC+ following their cable premieres.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 96% approval rating with an average rating of 8.20/10, based on 26 critic reviews. The website s critics consensus reads, With a playful tone and an expansive sweep that allows Anne Rice s gothic opus to mull like a chalice of blood, Interview with the Vampire puts a stake through concerns that this story couldn t be successfully resurrected. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 83 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating universal acclaim .
|Plot||Based on Anne Rice’s iconic novel, follow Louis de Pointe’s epic story of love, blood and the perils of immortality, as told to the journalist Daniel Molloy.|
|Stars||Jacob Anderson, Eric Bogosian, Sam Reid|
|Series Produced by||W. Mark McNair,Adam O Byrne,Alan Taylor,Mark Johnson,Rolin Jones,Anne Rice,Christopher Rice|
|Series Cinematography by||David Tattersall,Jesse M. Feldman|
|Series Film Editing by||Yuka Shirasuna,Leo Trombetta,Janet Weinberg|
|Series Casting By||Avy Kaufman|
|Series Production Design by||Mara LePere-Schloop|
|Series Art Direction by||Kirsten Oglesby,Nealy Orillion,Kimberley Zaharko|
|Series Set Decoration by||Selina van den Brink|
|Series Costume Design by||Carol Cutshall|
|Series Makeup Department||Jaremy Aiello,Chris Alexander,Gary Archer,Richard Arguijo,Chris Baer,Howard Berger,Courtney Callais,Jac Charlton,Alex Diaz,Steve Frakes,Gabi Gonzalez,Christel Irick,Carey Jones,Chris Jurado,Kristin Karr,Stacy Kelly,Derek Krout,Tami Lane,Patrick Mathews,Andy Mauger,Dominic Mombrun,Veronica Owens,Stacey Perry,Dirk Rogers,Michael Ross,Mike Rotella,Caleb Schneider,Karrieann Heisner Sillay,Erick de la Vega,Crystal Wells,John Wheaton,Andrea Young,Brianne Jones,Suzy Laney,Ashley Kent,Rosemary Monroe,Lauren Landry Chemin,Terez Ordon|
|Series Production Management||Peggy Chen,Oliver Coke|
|Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Shannon Parker,Kate Ransome Wilcox,Christine Rings,W. Mark McNair,Ben Ledoux,Tommy Martin,Julian Brain,Matt S Sewell|
|Series Art Department||Michelle Belfield,Paige Bernhardt,Dominic Crescioni,Timotheus Davis,Paul Giglione,Skye Jenkins,Claire Mason,David Myers,Becky Reagles,Hunter Spears,Kaycie Surrell,Jessica Taylor,Marija Tomasovic,Taylor Weeks,David O. Whatley,Niko Zahlten,Jonathan House,Steven Kerlagon,Andree Lago,Saki Manousakis,Maru Patetta,Kami Laprade,A.J. Caulfield,Michael Madden,George Sanchez,Etienne Gravrand,William Craig Johnson,Nicole Reed LeFevre,Kory Tatum,Emma Barron,Bryan W. Carpenter,Megan Day,Steven Dubea,Bethany Horning,Kela Johnson,Adie Kaplan,Erin Staub,Jessica Taylor,Chere Theriot,Jane Wuu|
|Series Sound Department||Steve Bucino,Jesse Dodd,Eric Laws,Nancy Parker,Alistair Bolt,Daniel Colman,Fernanda Domene,Benjamin Gieschen,Mark LeBlanc,Jamey Osborne,James Colin Beyer,Andrew DeRitter,Donovan Thibodeaux,James Trusson,Jeff Gross,Kirby Leonard,Tanya Peel,Danny Reeves,Keith Rogers|
|Series Special Effects by||Ryan Cox,Matthew Brady Harris,Matthew D. Hollingsworth,Derek A. James,Matt Kutcher,Garrett McDaniel,Matthew James Kutcher,Elias Duhe Jr.,Patrick Mathews,Louis Chue Vado,Jason Chaffin|
|Series Visual Effects by||Félix Arsenault,Tim Binmoeller,Adam Kowalski,Tavis Larkham,Haley McLane,Joseph Vincent Pike,Ted Rae,Walker Stettinius,Mark Sullivan,Michaela Weissburg,David W. Brown Jr.,Austin Ramsey,Jing Zhou,Holli Alvarado,Andrey Drogobetski,Charles G. Roberts,Dan Cregan,Jason Shulman,Ty Taylor|
|Series Stunts||Tim Bell,Andy Dylan,Sean Paul Braud,Matt Cipro,Mariah Dyson,Chris J. Fanguy,Jason Ament,Donny Bailey,Silas Borelly,Nicolas Bosc,Scheryl W Brown,Tony Donno,Ashley Nicole Hudson,Deven MacNair,Kevin Reid,Stephon Rodgers,Nathan Siebring,Lance Vallo|
|Series Camera and Electrical Department||Joshua Anderson,Bob Bates,Doug Bounds,Alfonso Bresciani,Lisa Caryl-Vukas,Michael Chateauneuf,Bryan DeLorenzo,Ted Gregg,Kale Heily,Jacob Main,Chris Moten,Steven Parker,Brian Posslenzny,Bernie Sawyer,Nate Selee,James Selph,Imanuel Smith,Michael L. Smith,Katelyn Tyree,Tedd Underwood,Eric van der Vynckt,Matthew Aines,Matt Harshbarger,Tan Huynh,Miles Labat,Bridget Brown,Michael Nie,Andres Ballesteros,Keishla Di Giorgi,Jeff Taylor,Claudio Banks,Joseph Estrade,Christopher Flurry,Criss Green,Nathan Heyer,Jason Kinney,Tori O Rourke,Ryan Pilon,Mike Vukas,Daniel Waghorne,Jared Wilson|
|Series Casting Department||Meagan Lewis,Theresa Hernandez,Marc Hirschfeld,Iona Gordon,Barbara Harris,Brigitte Whitmire,Leeba Zakharov|
|Series Costume and Wardrobe Department||Gillian Austin,Heidi Bannon,David Bear,Julie Ebel,Kate Farned,Annette Farnsworth,Heather Ferrell,Marci Franklin,Linda Gardar,Heidi Hafer,Christine M. Hamilton,Taylor Price,Liza Seelig,Ashley Starling,Lindsey Terrebonne,Susan Thomas,Emma Villere,Margot Walsh,Jen Wasson,Nate Wasson,Justine Woods,Colin Zug-Moore,Laura L. Brody,Kristi Stark,Logan Jackson,Anna Donnell|
|Series Editorial Department||Chris Boyer,Justin DeLong|
|Series Location Management||Kendel Aslesen,Norris Ortolano,Erin Burns,Ron Uribe,Owen Legendre|
|Series Music Department||Bernd Mazagg,Michelle Silverman,Jay Weigel,Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz,Ryan Kattner,Misha Kachkachishvili|
|Series Transportation Department||Christian Brown,Jacqueline Chejlava,Gregory Stepper Jones,Kyle Oquinn,Dexter P. Smith|
|Series Additional Crew||Halley Albert,Raheem Allen,Laurel Hasbargen,Estrella Perez Higgins,Elena Jambusarwalla,Mollie Krensky,Deven MacNair,David Milliken,Karen Milliken,Bryan Mitchell,Kyle Nordby,Elizabeth Lyons Reily,Carly Shadrick,Autumn Soliman,Brittani Tanner,Yucel Yeltekin,Becca Brubaker,Andrew Rumore,Kylie Arceneaux,Jonathan Ford,Matthew Ford,Erin Laree Kelly,Valerie Lamb,Laura Rikard,Amy Chaffee,Jonathan Cranfield,Matt Ellis,Victoria Greene,Shane Munson,Met Salih,Kyle Clements|
|Genres||Drama, Fantasy, Horror|