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Anne Rice working on 'Vampire Chronicles' TV series

By Karen Butler
Anne Rice working on 'Vampire Chronicles' TV series
Anne Rice signs copies of her new book "Christ the Lord" in New York on November 1, 2005. File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI | License Photo

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Horror queen Anne Rice says she is working to adapt her Vampire Chronicles novels for television.

"The theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear!" she announced on Facebook Saturday.

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"I could not be more excited about this! -- A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe. In this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is THE way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold. -- My son Christopher Rice and I will be developing a pilot script and a detailed outline for an open ended series, faithfully presenting Lestat's story as it is told in the books, complete with the many situations that readers expect to see. We will likely begin with The Vampire Lestat and move on from there. -- When we sit down finally to talk to producers, we will have a fully realized vision of this project with Christopher as the executive producer at the helm. I will also be an executive producer all the way. -- Again, I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to be able to announce this. -- As many of you know, Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment had optioned the series to develop motion pictures from it, and 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."

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Lestat was originally played on the screen by Tom Cruise in 1994's Interview with the Vampire. Stuart Townsend took over the role in 2002's The Queen of the Damned.

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