Did AR ever give a reason as to why they were no longer interested in making a VC film? I assume she didn’t like the direction the studio/director wanted to take the film.

monstersinthecosmos:

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I always got the assumption it was creative differences related to plot because of this:

“As many of you know, Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment had
optioned the series to develop motion pictures from it, and though we
had the pleasure of working with many fine people in connection with
this plan, it did not work out
. It is, more than ever, abundantly clear
that television is where the vampires belong.”

Also, in a comment about character backstories in the same post, she replied:

i-want-my-iwtv:

Nope! Not that I’ve been made aware of. AR didn’t give us a reason why Universal was no longer involved. She just announced to us 11/26/16 that she had the rights back [X] and was developing a VC TV series. So I would assume that Universal rights expired, and they didn’t choose to renew. AR might have raised the renewal cost, too.

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I hope we do get the backstory on that someday, but my guess is we never will. Probably the same kind of development hell that happened w/ movie!IWTV from ‘94, the rights were jostled around for almost 20 yrs bc, from what I understand:

  • the material was/is very difficult to adapt with all the problematic and taboo stuff in it.*
  • the filmmakers wanted to please the VC fans, but they also wanted to make something that people who had not read the books would want to go see! That’s probably one of the reasons for Banderas!Armand, btw. I’m sure the filmmakers had to choose between satisfying the VC fans and reducing the taboo stuff enough to make it more palatable for non-VC fans (Louis, an adult vampire, being seduced by a teenage-looking vampire, might have been too much to ask for in 1994 it might still be too taboo now). 
  • casting was tough,several first choice actors declined.

*@moral-cipher and I were talking about this, and the way ppl criticize canon, and that’s fine, I encourage it! But it is a very problematic series and just about every character is dysfunctional, every character has suffered or has caused suffering in others. The new motto for VC fandom might as well be:

~VC: If you’re looking for a perfect cinnamon roll, you’ve come to the wrong fandom.~

“TV makes it possible to roll it all out….no compromises

But I can’t find anywhere she directly comments on her reasoning…

I wanna point out that AR is sort of a TV junkie and it really does make more sense to make it a series. Every time she brings it up lately she’s like ~GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION!!~ But you get so much more TIME, which really helps. I haven’t read/watch ASOUE but everyone seems to be enjoying that? I can say that having read A Song of Ice & Fire and watched Game of Thrones, that’s like UGH THAT IS WHAT WE NEED, like it’s so fleshed out with so much attention to detail, that is the way to go.

BUT ALSO don’t forget that VC isn’t linear, and I think that’s going to be a challenge for TV because it’s a little unusual, and it’s got to be able to appeal to more than like 300 LOSERS ON TUMBLR YOU KNOW???????? (jk i love you guys <3) There are networks out there that aren’t going to be afraid of the PROBLEMATIC STUFF, but still might have a hard time wanting to do a non-linear series, so it’s going to take a little smushing around and rearranging. WHICH CAN BE DONE! but I think it’s a big reason why there haven’t been more movies. To do these stories right it’s gonna take a huge budget and a lot of faith that the mainstream can enjoy it, and some of this stuff is just really like, unconventional and fucking whacky so I think we all have to be a little patient and understanding of that. 😀

Did AR ever give a reason as to why they were no longer interested in making a VC film? I assume she didn’t like the direction the studio/director wanted to take the film.

Nope! Not that I’ve been made aware of. AR didn’t give us a reason why Universal was no longer involved. She just announced to us 11/26/16 that she had the rights back [X] and was developing a VC TV series. So I would assume that Universal rights expired, and they didn’t choose to renew. AR might have raised the renewal cost, too.

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I hope we do get the backstory on that someday, but my guess is we never will. Probably the same kind of development hell that happened w/ movie!IWTV from ‘94, the rights were jostled around for almost 20 yrs bc, from what I understand:

  • the material was/is very difficult to adapt with all the problematic and taboo stuff in it.*
  • the filmmakers wanted to please the VC fans, but they also wanted to make something that people who had not read the books would want to go see! That’s probably one of the reasons for Banderas!Armand, btw. I’m sure the filmmakers had to choose between satisfying the VC fans and reducing the taboo stuff enough to make it more palatable for non-VC fans (Louis, an adult vampire, being seduced by a teenage-looking vampire, might have been too much to ask for in 1994 it might still be too taboo now). 
  • casting was tough,several first choice actors declined.

*@moral-cipher and I were talking about this, and the way ppl criticize canon, and that’s fine, I encourage it! But it is a very problematic series and just about every character is dysfunctional, every character has suffered or has caused suffering in others. The new motto for VC fandom might as well be:

~VC: If you’re looking for a perfect cinnamon roll, you’ve come to the wrong fandom.~

So I’ve always held VC as a back burner fandom on account of how little I’d read of it(though I’ve been reading it a lot as of late)but after going on Anne Rice’s FB and seeing talk of a series I nearly cried real tears out of my own eyes bruh.

Welcome to the *~front burner~*, fam. When??? we’re actually getting that TV series is always a question – and those of us who have waited for years between adaptations have the patience of saints – but hell, why not be excited about it? Or at least cautiously optimistic 😉 Let it out. You can cry, bruh.

AR is planning on starting with TVL and she’s asking for fan input*, so…. let’s give it to her!

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*@claudias-ashes shared this w/ me JUST TODAY:

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You are my favourite blog i love your passion👌

I’M YOUR FAVE BLOG?! OMG ♥❤♥❤♥

MUCH THANK ♥❤♥❤♥ 

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My passion for this ONE FRICKIN THING is insatiable and unstoppable. fortunately for my sanity there are ppl out there like you who love to watch my downward spiral into it like I do! thankuforlovingthisstuffwithmeeeeee

Who’s your favorite character and why?

It changes over time, I have a place in my heart for all the main characters from earlier canon (mainly books 1-5). 

My gateway character was Claudia, definitely my fave when I first read IWTV when I was 11. I could relate to her frustration at not being taken seriously as an adult. She was just the perfect mix of sweetness and icy screamy-ness and had Louis wrapped around her little finger (WHICH btw, I saw as a purely platonic relationship).

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Of course I loved Louis after her. How could I not? For his dignified manner, his high tolerance for bullshit, his love for books, his ability to hold back, and his ability to break out a can of fiery whoopass when it’s called for. For his frayed sweaters and how he doesn’t really care about fashion but how good he looks when he lets Lestat or Claudia play dress up with him. Because he probably smells like beeswax candles and jasmine.

He’s also very pretty and his hair feels like silk. 

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… All that said, Lestat was my real spirit animal in adolescence, and he’s the one that I keep coming back to as my true fave.

Lestat was someone I needed as I confronted the usual bullying in school, the usual seeking my own way into this world and the obstacles that go along with that. He taught me so many things. Most importantly, to have faith in yourself and not be afraid to try new things, meet new ppl. Some ppl will reject you just for being new. Some may reject you because you don’t have good chemistry with them. That’s all fine. You might become very close with some, and fail each other in some way, or just end up growing apart. It happens. 

How could I not love him with this combination (and more!) of character traits: Charismatic, mixing silly with sinister, mysteriously hinting at a rich and traumatic backstory in IWTV (which we definitely got later), and of course, lastly, pretty damn good-looking. 

And he does make mistakes, tons of them! If you really read the books, that’s where he lays out his mistakes and apologizes in the way he’s better able to do than verbally. 

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I’ve always loved mean characters, antagonists, monsters… those who were written off as “just mean,” “just evil,” or “just crazy,” these are the ones I want to know more about. Why are they this way? Is this a shield they put up to protect themselves from further hurt?  

My grandmother was like this. I broke through her tough exterior and found a kindred spirit. She’s gone now, and I think my radical empathy for antagonists is kind of a search to find her in other ppl, fictional and real alike.

Awwww thank you redversaillesrose! Ha ha ha yes I has seen my memes that is why they call me *~Mater Fabuloso~* 

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(^Claudia screaming back at your screaming! lol)

I’m tryna be more… reachy-outative would be the word… especially with ppl like you who are regularly twirling about in my Activity feed, reminding me why I do this, bc ppl love it! As much as I do. Maybe more.

Surprising in the beginning, seeing that ppl still have feels for VC, and I appreciate it more than you know, your sticking with me *u*