Universal and Imagine Land the Rights to Anne Rice’s THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES; Kurtzman and Orci to Produce

     August 7, 2014


I guess we might be getting a remake of Interview with the Vampire after all.  Universal has acquired the rights to Anne Rice’s incredibly popular anthology of novels, The Vampire Chronicles. Imagine’s Brian Grazer will produce alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (someone needs to look into a monopoly breaker for those two, they can’t have every property).  The deal is for every single book in the series, including the upcoming Prince Lestat (and yes, this includes the ones that have already been made such as Interview and Queen of the Damned).

I’d like to think they could hit the ground running with the sequels and leave the 1994 Tom Cruise movie alone, but there’s a strong likelihood that they’ll feel the need to rebrand from the ground up. Only time will tell, but that’s my hunch.  Hit the jump for more on The Vampire Chronicles landing at Universal and Imagine and be sure to check out our Comic-Con interview with Rice herself. 

interview-with-the-vampireThis means that all 14 books (if you include the upcoming one) are part of the deal.  Per The Wrap (to be fair, BD had a Universal scoop on this almost five years ago):

The deal ensures that Universal and Imagine will have an entire body of existing and future novels in Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” series, including 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.”

Not to be a hater, but Kurtman and Orci have their fingers in so many pies it seems impossible that all of them will be pulled off well (I’m not a huge fan of their screenwriting work in general).  I’m not particularly beholding to Rice’s work, but I am interested in a Hollywood landscape where only a limited about of movies get put through the same creative filter. What about you though?  If you’re a fan of Rice’s work, does this excite you?  Or are you still reeling from the Queen of the Damned adaptation?


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