The reboot directed by Taylor and penned by Rolin Jones will be faithful to Rice’s books but not slavishly so.
“Rolin Jones has made some changes that I think deepen and do some very intriguing things with the basic story,” Taylor says. “We’re working with the Rice estate and they’re on board with it. I think we’re carrying the original appeals of the novel, but we’re also making some changes that make it worth exploring again.”
Though changes aren’t always met with joy by steadfast fans of any given franchise, it does sound like Taylor and Jones have a grasp on what makes Rice’s vampires work.
“I signed up for it because I loved her book so much. I remember I just moved to New York whenI read Interview With A Vampire, and it kind of blew my mind,” Taylor says. “The feeling I got from the book was: ‘Okay, you’ve seen a bunch of vampire stories, but that’s all bullshit. Here’s the truth. This is the real thing.’”
That sense of Interview with the Vampire presenting the “real thing” when it comes to vampires is integral to The Vampire Chronicles’ success. While folklore created the monsters and Bram Stoker introduced them to Western audiences, it’s arguably Rice who perfected their depiction. Though the rules of vampirism in pop culture are fluid and ever-changing, much of the most popular modern vampire features are taken directly from Rice’s original 1976 novel.
As long as the new TV series’ vampires are every bit the pale, sensual, and strangely human versions as Rice’s original creations, then things should be on the right track.
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