San Diego Comic-Con was chock full of great horror announcements and panels, including a panel for Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire series, presented by AMC. In addition to the panel, AMC dropped the series’ poster artwork, images and a trailer.
Interview with the Vampire began life as a short story written by Anne Rice in 1968, then evolved into her first novel in 1976. It featured a vampire named Louis de Pointe du Lac, who decides to tell his story to a reporter named Daniel Malloy, and the novel later became a film, a comic, a group of sequels, and now a television series.
The film version of Interview with the Vampire was released in 1994, and was a big box office success. Although there was some initial fan outcry about the casting of Tom Cruise in the role of Lestat (a casting choice that Rice herself was said to dispute), the actor somehow managed to win viewers (and Rice) over with his portrayal. Joining him onscreen was Brad Pitt as Louis, who is willingly turned into a vampire by Lestat following the deaths of his wife and child.
But, Louis is not such a great vampire, actually appearing to have a conscience, and Lestat tricks him into staying with him by turning a young girl named Claudia (beautifully portrayed by a young Kirsten Dunst). Louis becomes Claudia’s protector, as she becomes more adult in her mind and personality, but maintains the appearance of a child.
Anne Rice later wrote sequels to Interview with the Vampire – The Queen of the Damned, The Vampire Lestat and The Tale of the Body Thief.
AMC’s series features Jacob Anderson as Louis, Sam Reid as Lestat, Bailey Bass as Claudia and Eric Bogosian as Malloy. In this version of the gothic story, Louis is a Black man in 1900s New Orleans who sees the chance to become a vampire as an opportunity to escape the limitations of his life.
Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire will debut on AMC Sunday, October 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET, following The Walking Dead. The first two episodes will be available to watch on AMC+ that same night.
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