After announcing a slew of supernatural titles — rebooting its classic monster movie fiends Dracula, the Mummy, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein — Universal has decided to add a few more bloodsuckers to their list of horror stories. The studio has acquired the rights to Anne Rice’s popular book series The Vampire Chronicles, which revolves around the life and times of an 18th-century nobleman turned vampire named Lestat de Lioncourt.
The 1994 film Interview with the Vampire brought Lestat to life on the big screen for the first time, starring Tom Cruise in the role. It seemed to be an unlikely match, but the actor captured Lestat’s chilling ferocity and menace quite beautifully (even with the goofy wig).
The new deal states that Universal will have movie rights to existing and future novels (the upcoming Prince Lestat), including the adapted screenplay for The Tale of the Body Thief, written by Rice’s son Christopher Rice. So far, all we know is that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers and Star Trek) will produce the films.
Author Anne Rice was extremely critical of casting choices during Interview with the Vampire’s production period (she had hoped for Julian Sands in the role of Lestat), but eventually the writer came to approve of Cruise in the part. “That Tom did make Lestat work was something I could not see in a crystal ball,” she stated.
Feel free to start fantasy casting the vamp series — or wonder aloud how long it will take for someone to adapt Rice’s Sleeping Beauty erotica trilogy following 50 Shades of Grey’s release.
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