Before Edward Cullen and the Salvatore brothers graced our screens, we had Tom Cruise with a blonde wig and two fangs. We’re talking about the 1994 film interview with the vampire, of course, and this year the story was restarted. That new AMC serieswhich was previously renewed for a second season The first episode premieredstars Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt (previously played by Tom), Jacob Anderson as Louis de Pointe du Lac (previously played by Brad Pitt) and Bailey Bass as Claudia (previously played by a young Kirsten Dunst).
The story – which also spans a whole series of novels – follows a trio of vampires in the 18th century. interview with the vampire). Anne Rice, who passed away in December 2021, has sold more than 100 million copies of her novels and is considered one of the best-selling authors of all time. Their work inspired a cult following of dedicated fans, which makes the positive reception of the reboot even more encouraging.
While the new show and the 1994 film technically share the same source material, the show has a lot more going for it. Anne Rice wrote nine more novels after the release of the 1994 film adaptation, and the new AMC show draws on the full body of her work.
During a Summer Television Critics Association press panel, Sam Reid (aka the new Lestat) spoke about the differences that were playing out on screen. “As a fan of the books, I was blown away by the fact that it was even going to be made and what we’re doing in this adaptation, in this version of the Interview with the vampire I look at a whole bunch of books because when this movie came out they were still writing it so they didn’t have a perspective on the whole work… We actually look at all of their books. So it’s a different feeling than the 1994 film.”
Another difference you’ll see on screen is a more explicit conversation about race. The character of Louis, who was turned vampire by Lestat in the 18th century, was a wealthy white planter before he became undead. The 1994 film doesn’t really address that, but this new adaptation has no problem asking tough questions. In this version, Louis’ identity is reversed; He’s a black man in a Jim Crow South who always feels “different” from the affluent whites around him.
We see a lot of reboots these days, and some are celebrated more than others, but this story begged to be resurfaced and repolished. The first three episodes of the series were released to critical acclaim, garnering an impressive 99 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a wave of positive critical reviews. So far, the series honors and celebrates the legacy of the 1994 film, which garnered Oscar nominations and Golden Globe awards.
The new series has seven episodes in store for us, with new episodes airing Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.
Watch the first episode here