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Interview with the Vampire series to be "truer to the book" than Tom Cruise movie

The upcoming Vampire AMC series interview will be more faithful to the Anne Rice books than the 1994 film starring Tom Cruise.

Alongside the slew of superhero Comic-Con news this week, slightly smaller – but no less exciting – projects have also shared information about their upcoming releases.

This includes the TV adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, which is slated for release in October this year. A new trailer for the series was released at Comic-Con, along with other images and references to the latest adaptation of Anne Rice’s popular gothic novel.

And among that news, a panel interview — with the cast and showrunners, not the vampire — revealed that the AMC show is intended to be a more faithful adaptation of the books than the popular 1994 film of the same name.

The vampire series interview will be more “true” to Anne Rice’s book

Many will be familiar with the film of the same name, which starred Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst in one of their first roles. Of course, while the film has remained popular since its release, an adaptation means some changes have been made for the big screen, changes that not every fan would have approved of.

Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst in an interview with the vampire
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The 1994 film is a great, but not perfect, adaptation of Anne Rice’s work.

After Rice regained the rights to her book in 2016, curiosity circulated about whether a new adaptation was on the horizon, and the show was eventually announced by AMC in 2021. And according to a panel interview with Entertainment Weekly, the show’s executive producer Mark Johnson said the series will be “much more complete” than the movie.

Johnson said, “First of all, Interview With the Vampire is a really beautiful love story. As a result, unlike the film, the series is less plot-driven and more emotional, more character-driven.

“It’s all about performance. With our leads, we have our Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and our Lestat and Louis will be so much more complete than the film – not because the film got anything wrong, but it’s only two hours and we have a lot more time than that. “

Though the series will remain more faithful to the books, Johnson admits there will still be some changes, as is natural for any adaptation: “We’ve tried to stay as true to the spirit of the book as possible, but it’s a great deal a modern interpretation. In many ways, our show is more faithful to the book than the film, which is ironic because Anne Rice herself wrote the screenplay for the film.”

What is the series “Interview with the Vampire” about?

The series, which will run for seven episodes, follows a love-hate relationship between two vampires that spans centuries and their subsequent adoption – and vampirization – of a young girl, all told in an interview with a modern day journalist.

The show stars Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt, Jacob Anderson (whom you probably know from Game of Thrones) as Louis de Pointe du Lac, Bailey Bass as Claudia and Eric Bogosian as Daniel Molloy.

The series will take much longer to tell its story than the film, and for this reason the series will not cover the entirety of Rice’s novel. “We won’t meet Claudia until later in our season. Hopefully we’ll get a second and third season to finish the book,” Johnson added.

When and where can I watch the Interview with the Vampire series?

The show “Interview with the Vampire” will air on AMC in October 2022.

But fans can also expect more vampire content to be on the way as the upcoming series doesn’t fully cover the book. Not only does this open the door for more seasons, but the show’s producers are trying to create their own expanded universe based on Rice’s other books, à la MCU.

“The books are so fun and so different,” Johnson said in another interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“Sometimes it’s hard to believe they’re connected, but they are. While one could be from vampires and one from witches and one from god knows what, they are all connected.

“You guys are going to tell us if this is going to be a franchise or not, but I believe that this world, the world of Anne Rice, is going to be around at AMC for some time.”

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