This week fans of iconic author Anne Rice were given a reason to hope again.
According to a variety of entertainment sources, as well as, the author herself, CBS has begun preliminary production on a television show based upon Rice’s “Angel Time”, which is the first book in her “Songs of the Seraphim” series.
The novel explores the life of Toby O’Dare, a ruthless assassin with a tragic past, who with the help of an angel, is given the chance to redeem himself. Going back in time, Toby must find a way to save the innocent and put an end to the injustice that threatened them.
While fans of Mrs. Rice’s work have had reason to believe in the possibility of a TV or movie adaption in the past, according to the author, “I am very fond and admiring of the producers who are working with “Angel Time”. I love their other shows including “Unforgettable”, “Elementary” and “Justified”. I have high hopes for the project given the strength of this producing team.”
Mrs. Rice will also be acting as an Executive Producer on the series.
So as we wait and cross our fingers, we here at the “Anne Rice Examiner”, thought it might be fun to day-dream about which of her other novels we’d like to see on the big or little screen and why.
We hope you enjoy our list and will share your own choices with us.
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Though rumors fly frequently about Hollywood interest in this 3 novel series about a family of extremely powerful witches and warlocks, nothing has ever come of them.
Spanning generations and set in the colorful and historic city of New Orleans, it is easy to visualize on any screen but with a wide and varied cast of characters, inclusion of the always mysterious Talamasca and the introduction of different types of immortals, this tale is and always will be perfect for television.
Cry to Heaven
This early Anne Rice novel about a group of “Castrati” in ancient Europe has the benefit of taking a little known historical fact and bringing it to life in a touching and beautiful way.
Tragic and lush, couldn’t you just picture your dream cast?
Memnoch the Devil
Because this Anne Rice novel has always been one of her most polarizing, it may seem to some an odd choice for the big or little screen.
But, how cool would it be to see Lestat, “The Brat Prince” as he journeys between heaven and hell in the devil’s attempt to enlist him as his new recruiting officer.
One of Anne Rice’s later novels in the “Vampire Chronicles” this book has a combination of characters from her other novels, is set in New Orleans and introduces a fascinating new vampire, Tarquin Blackwood who also has ties to the Mayfair witch clan and a unique spirit that is bonded to him.
What else can you ask for when adapting an Anne Rice novel for the screen?
The Queen of the Damned
Yes, I know, its been done … but really? Are you serious?
What true Anne Rice fan has not dreamed of a “do-over” with different actors, a different director and a lot more Anne Rice creative control?
Let’s be honest, the book was butchered beyond recognition and how many of us would love to see Mekare and Maharet’s story told in lush and accurate detail resulting in the true and justified book ending?
I know I would.
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