This is a long time coming! I am an avid fan of The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, and today was like a dream come true. Read on for what I mean and also a few statements by the mistress of vamps herself, Anne Rice.
It’s good to be an Anne Rice fan nowadays. Her latest book, The Wolf Gift, is being released in a few days (expect a review soon) and now we here that Book VI of The Vampire Chronicles, The Tale of The Body Thief will be made into a feature film! Oh happy day indeed!
According to THR, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has optioned the rights to Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief. Imagine used its partnership with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment to fund the acquisition, and it is using the Imagine Reliance Writers Lab to work on the script. Lee Patterson, who wrote a well-regarded screenplay titled Snatched, is working on Body Thief.
Producing with Imagine are Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and Karen Kehala-Sherwood, the Imagine exec who oversees the Lab, and the company’s Erica Huggins are exec producing.
Vampire-hero, rock star, and seducer of millions, Lestat is an immortal extraordinaire…
But Lestat yearns to be reborn a mortal. Tormented to the depths of his vampire soul, he wanders aimlessly across the globe from Amsterdam to the Amazon jungle until he meets the one being who can grant him his wish. He is the Body Thief, more sinister and evil than any daemon. But when Lestat surrenders his vampire body, he discovers what he’d so long ago forgotten: the awkwardness and anguish of being human…
The project does not have a studio but many fans are just literally flooding Anne Rice’s Facebook page to get more details from the lady herself, especially how involved she’ll be in the production. Sadly, it looks like she is bowing out of this one:
With regard to her writing the screenplay, she stated, “I was not asked, nor did I apply. I want to spend this time writing new books. I think the property is in good hands right now… I’m not involved. I’m working on my next book and will be touring for the Wolf Gift.”
Will she have any input on the casting? “Not officially. I think the people involved in this production are all good people… It’s out of my hands now.”
After the tragedy that was The Queen of The Damned, we really don’t blame her for not being as involved as she was for the first film Interview With A Vampire.
This still makes us wonder, will we ever see her other books come to the big screen? We would love an origins story ala The Vampire Lestat or even The Vampire Armand to hit the silver screen.
Stay here for more news as it develops.
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