The vampire Lestat could finally be heading back to the big-screen as THR writes that Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has optioned the rights to Anne Rice’s Tale of the Body Thief, the fourth book of Rice’s best-selling book series “The Vampire Chronicles.”
Lestat was first portrayed by Tom Cruise in 1994’s Interview with the Vampire, which was made by Warner Bros. and directed by Neil Jordan. The movie starred Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst.
In 2002, Warners released Queen of the Damned, a big-screen translation of the third book in the Rice series, which starred R&B singer Aaliyah.
Lee Patterson, who wrote a well-regarded screenplay titled Snatched, is working on the Body Thief script.
The hook of the Body Thief is that “the story concerns body-switching. Lestat, depressed and lonely after centuries as a vampire, decides to transfer souls for a day with a psychic, who after the transfer reveals that he has no intention of switching back. Lestat, now in a human body and with the help of some friends, must track the man down and get his body back.”