Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” Finally Happening…

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We’ve been reporting since 2009 that Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles were held at Universal Pictures – and at one point they were targeting Robert Downey Jr. as the new Lestat.

It was acquired by Universal Pictures for Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment, a new article at Variety states, with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci on board to produce. It sounds as if they’re attempting a “Universal Monsters”/Avengers-style reboot here, as well. People have been venomously against Kurtzman and Orci, who are behind some of the worst summer blockbusters in years, from The Amazing Spider-Man to Transformers and Star Trek. Orci is also directing The Mummy for Universal.

The deal includes the adapted screenplay for “Tale of the Body Thief” written by Rice’s son, author Christopher Rice. Other novels in the series include “Interview with the Vampire” and the upcoming “Prince Lestat.”

An earlier version of the story, “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles,” starred Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in 1994. Rice’s “Queen of the Damned,” also part of “The Vampire Chronicles,” starred Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend in 2002.

Interview with the Vampire

  • Weresmurf

    Interesting. Though nothing like Lestat physically, Tom had the personality down pat. Stuart Townsend was completely wrong for the role though. These days the story could be done complete justice though, although a lot of it really needs to be reworked, especially when they get to Memnoch the Devil. Really look forward to it!

  • Cichy

    I love the books and Interview is one of my favorite movies. I really hope they won’t fuck it up.I know Anne been very protective of her work so maybe they pitched something that will work. However, as pointed out above Kurtzman and Orci have shitty track record

  • Anthony Gulino

    If Lestat is going to be the main protagonist for the upcoming projects I’m not sure why they wouldnt start with “The Vampire Lestat” and get the mythology correct before diving into “Tale Of The Body Thief” and “Prince Lestat” which the book has yet to be released..
    I would love to see these films adapted but “Queen Of The Damned” left a real sour taste in my mouth.. “Interview” was such a well crafted film I would hate too see them screw this one up as it has potential to be a fantastic franchise.. I’m really hoping these studio c0cksvcker$ are not gonna try and forfeit quality and the true nature of these books and gear them to a younger “Twilight” friendly crowd hoping to recreate that money machine …

  • Richter Belmont

    I only ever liked the original trilogy and Body Thief. The vampires got way too powerful, and their was too much focus on boring ancillary characters in subsequent novels.

    I’d rather see film adaptations of the Mayfair Witches. The Witching Hour would make a great film!

    • Sick_skwerl

      Fuck yeah. Mayfair Witches could be made into some great films.

    • Full Frontal Squashing

      Agreed. Much rather see that.

    • Drool Bear

      I was just going say that! I would LOVE for them to make the Witching Hour series rather then remaking the Vampire Chronicles. God Damn it Hollywood, do something new and take risks like you used to.

  • brewers_rule

    I just hope they don’t go Twilight with this subject. Keep the vampires realistic and dark already.

  • Gabbi Cordero

    “People have been venomously against Kurtzman and Orci, who are behind some of the worst summer blockbusters in years, from The Amazing Spider-Man to Transformers and Star Trek.” thank you for acknowledging this

  • Z_Lauren_Z

    WTF?

    Tom Cruise was incredible as Lestat in IWTV – why try and cast Downey? He’s only 3 years younger than Cruise and Tom looks incredible for 52

    I could understand if they wanted to go younger but if that is the case Downey doesn’t fit the bill.