The BBC has acquired the acclaimed drama “Interview with the Vampire” from AMC Networks. This series is based on Anne Rice’s best-selling novel and will be aired on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.
The seven-part series features a talented cast including Jacob Anderson (known for Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and Broadchurch), Sam Reid (renowned for The Newsreader, Prime Suspect 1973, and Lambs of God), Bailey Bass (from Avatar: Way of Water), Eric Bogosian (known for Succession, Billions, and Uncut Gems), and Assad Zaman (from Hotel Portofino).
The narrative revolves around Louis de Pointe du Lac (played by Jacob Anderson), Lestat de Lioncourt (portrayed by Sam Reid), and Claudia (brought to life by Bailey Bass). Their tale is one of profound love, blood, and the challenges of immortality. This story is recounted to journalist Daniel Molloy (depicted by Eric Bogosian). Struggling against the societal constraints faced by a Black man in 1900s New Orleans, Louis succumbs to the irresistible offer from the charismatic Lestat to become his vampire companion, thus granting him the promise of eternal life. However, Louis soon discovers that his newfound powers come at a brutal cost. The introduction of Claudia, Lestat’s latest creation as a fledgling vampire, sets them on a path of vengeance and redemption that spans decades.
Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, says: “Interview with the Vampire is a sumptuous, sensual, complex and disturbing treat. Anchored by the charismatic lead performances of Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid, the series stays true to the gothic spirit of Anne Rice’s eternally popular novels, whilst sympathetically re-imagining her world for a new generation.”
The BBC obtained “Interview with the Vampire” (comprising seven episodes, each lasting 60 minutes) from AMC Networks. The executive producers of the series include co-creator, showrunner, and writer Rolin Jones (known for Perry Mason and Friday Night Lights), Mark Johnson (renowned for Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Halt and Catch Fire, and Rectify), and Alan Taylor (of The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Game of Thrones fame). Additionally, Mark McNair served as a co-executive producer. The series was produced by Jessica Held and Adam O’Byrne, with Oliver Coke as co-producer. Alan Taylor directed episodes 101 & 102, Keith Powell directed 103 & 104, Levan Akin helmed 105 & 106, and Alexis Ostrangder directed 107.