The iconic 90s vampire horror film Interview with the Vampire has been given the remake treatment by AMC this year as an eight-part TV series, acting as a new adaptation of Anne Rice’s 1976 novel of the same name. It sees Australian actor Sam Reid (The Newsreader) take up the role of vampire Lestat (played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 version) and British actor Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones) as Louis (previously played by Brad Pitt).
The series has already premiered in the US to critical acclaim, and while the show doesn’t yet have a set UK release date, it’s likely to head over here in the next few months.
Compared to the 90s film, the new Interview with the Vampire series is set to stick more closely to the book version, though there are some changes, like Louis becoming a vampire in the 20th century, rather than the 18th century, specifically in 1910. Louis encounters the enigmatic vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, who turns him into a vampire, becoming immortal.
Over the decades, their relationship begins to fracture, with Louis growing steadily more disillusioned with being a vampire and drifts away from Lestat, until Lestat turns a young child, Claudia, into a vampire. Also unlike the 90s film and book, the titular interview that the series focuses on is not conducted by journalist Daniel Molloy when he was young and inexperienced, and instead is a second interview that occurs around 40 years later, with Molloy being older and wiser.
The show also differentiates itself from the novel and 90s movie by putting LGBT themes more front and centre. There had been hints at an attraction between Lestat and Louis in previous versions, but the TV series makes sure to firmly establish that the two in this version are in a gay relationship.
The creator of the series, Rolin Jones, stated that in his opinion that the subtext of the story was “obvious”. He said: “I don’t think it’s a horror show, I think it is a gothic romance. And I want to write a very excitable, aggressive, toxic, beautiful love story”. Jones also talked about the themes of vampires being outliers from society: “I mean, there’s queer sexuality, but there’s queer ethics and queer aesthetics.” At the time of writing, the show is three episodes into its run, with a UK release date still up in the air. You can check out the trailer above.
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