It looks like the lid on The Vampire Chronicles’ coffin has slid shut, at least for Hulu.
According to Variety, the Disney owned streaming platform has passed on TV series based on Anne Rice’s book series by the same name.
Reportedly, the author is now shopping The Vampire Chronicles and her Mayfair Witches books series as a package deal with a price tag of $30-40 million. The catch is, “in exchange for the huge upfront fee however, the new owner will hold the rights in perpetuity, and not just as an option.”
The Vampire Chronicles series follows vampire Lestat de Lioncourt who serves as hero, antihero, and narrator. Paramount Television and Anonymous Content had previously been attached to produce the project for Hulu, but their rights have expired for the package, opening the door for Rice to shop the new, larger package. The new deal includes The Mayfair Witches, about a family of witches, which began in 1990 with the novel The Witching Hour. Paramount was said to be among four or so bidders for the new package.