AMC To Adapt ‘Interview With The Vampire’ With Changes

One of the most memorable–and frightening–conversations in horror history is finally coming full circle–from best-selling novel to feature film to the small screen.

But the upcoming AMC series Interview with the Vampire–set to begin shooting later this year in Paris and New Orleans and to wrap sometime in 2022–will come with some interesting and unforeseen twist and turns, according to movieweb.com.

The eight-episode series–based on Anne Rice’s popular 1976 horror novel–will reportedly take some liberties with the book and the 1994 film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.

The show–with Rolin Jones (Weeds) serving as writer/producer and Jessica Held as executive producer–will be set in the present day and is currently lining up its cast.

The main plot will follow investigative journalist Daniel Malloy (played by Christian Slater in the movie), who will conduct his second interview with the 146-year-old vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt in the film). The first interview, in the film, led to the macabre story of the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise).

The Mallory part, however, will apparently differ from the classic movie. Casting directors reportedly are looking for a “60- to 70-year-old man with open ethnicity”. He also is described as “slight, but with a huge chip on his shoulder.”

In addition, the part of Louis will now be played by a Black actor in his early 30s. The character’s description says he is “Creole, beautiful, eyes are brilliant green. His skin is smooth, as if sculpted from Ceylon ebony.”

There was no one word concerning the parts of Lestat or the eternally youthful vampire child Claudia, played by a young Kirsten Dunst in the film, so there obviously are many questions yet to be asked and answered about the AMC series.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this incarnation of Anne Rice’s classic Interview with the Vampire.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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