AMC is serving up a reboot of Interview With The Vampire in series form. The show was green-lit last month and is proceeding at pace. Now Mad Men and Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor is locked in as Executive Producer and director of the first two episodes.
Taylor directed Terminator Genisys and Thor: The Dark World. His episodes of Game Of Thrones are well-regarded and he was also behind the lens of the Sopranos prequel The Many Saints Of Newark.
The original adaption of Interview with the Vampire was made in 1994 and is a highly praised gothic horror movie. It was based on Anne Rices’ 1976 novel of the same name.
Directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), the movie tells the story of Lestat (Tom Cruise) and Louis (Brad Pitt), beginning with Louis’s transformation into a vampire by Lestat in 1791. The story is framed by a present-day interview, in which Louis tells his story to a San Francisco reporter. The supporting cast features Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas, and Stephen Rea.
Interview With The Vampire received Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Original Score. Kirsten Dunst was additionally nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. Make-up effects for the vampires, and the prosthetics for the now-famous theater massacre scene in Paris, were created by Stan Winston Studios.
A stand-alone sequel, Queen of the Damned, was released in 2002, with Stuart Townsend replacing Cruise as Lestat. That sequel movie attempted to merge two books, The Vampire Lestat and The Queen Of The Damned, into a single film and was a notorious flop.
The reboot project has received an eight-episode order. It is targeting a 2022 release. Rolin Jones will serve as co-writer, executive producer, and showrunner. Mark Johnson will executive produce alongside Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice.