Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Writer Anne Rice's most famous creation, the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, may be returning to the big screen for a third film adaptation from Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has optioned the rights to The Tale of the Body Thief, the fourth book in the series.  The film version of the first book, Interview With the Vampire, was released back in 1994, starring Tom Cruise as Lestat along with Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac.  The third book, The Queen of the Damned, was released as a film in 2002, but starred Stuart Townsend as Lestat and R&B singer Aaliyah as Queen Akasha.

Imagine is using the Imagine Reliance Writers Lab to work on the script.  Lee Patterson, who wrote a screenplay titled Snatched, is working on the Body Thief adaptation.  Producing with Imagine are Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writer-producers best known for TV’s Fringe and the Star Trek and Transformers movies.

The description for the original 1992 novel is as follows:

Returning to Lestat as the main character, the fourth in the Vampire Chronicles series finds Lestat impulsive and careless in the pursuit of what he wants: a serial killer in Southern Florida. Lestat is surrounded by mortals in this tale, an a new worthy counterpoint character to Lestat is introduced, Raglan James. James is a vampire hunter, and a formidable adversary for Lestat. James offers Lestat the opportunity to switch bodies temporarily with a young mortal. Against Louis' advice, Lestat accepts and discovers he hates everything about being human. He also finds that James has disappeared with Lestat's powerful vampire body. Louis refuses to help Lestat become a vampire again, and he turns to another mortal to help him trick James into switching souls, and giving up Lestat's body.

The project has yet to find a studio.

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