Vampire Lestat director

Universal only just put more energy into its efforts to adapt Anne Rice‘s vampire novels into films, as the studio renewed the option on 13 of Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books. The studio isn’t wasting any time getting moving on that option, as The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone is now in early talks to write and direct an adaptation of The Vampire Lestat, which was the centerpiece of Rice’s original trilogy of vampire novels.

The Vampire Lestat is a story very rooted in the ’80s, and we don’t know if this would be a period piece, or a modernized adaptation. If things come together, Boone¬†would make this film after doing The Stand for Warner Bros.

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Anne Rice vampire movies

It’s been 20 years since Neil Jordan’s film version of Interview With the Vampire saw Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt sucking blood, and now Universal is getting back into monsters in a big way. Not only are Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan spearheading a relaunch of the old Universal Monsters line, beginning with a new Mummy movie, the studio has snapped up rights to all of Anne Rice‘s Vampire Chronicles books.

So the whole 13-book series starting with Interview With the Vampire and ending with the forthcoming Prince Lestat novel, and the screenplay for Tales of the Body Thief, adapted by Rice’s son Christopher Rice, all belong to Universal for the time being. Read about plans for new Anne Rice vampire movies below. Read More »

Carnahan The Grey

Joe Carnahan is straight killing it right now. He’s completed filming on his latest movie, Stretch, turned in a screenplay he co-wrote for Mark Millar’s Nemesis, and directed not one, but two recent TV pilots including NBC’s The Blacklist, one of the season’s biggest early hits. If that’s not enough, he’s now attached to direct the first episode of a potential CBS drama called Angel Times based on a series of novels by popular author Anne Rice. The show will follow a cold-blooded assassin in modern-day New Orleans who attempts to find redemption for his evil life by traveling back in time. Read More »

Odds are, when you hear the name “Anne Rice,” you think “vampires,” thanks to her extensive catalog of tales about the beautiful bloodsuckers. So it seems a bit ironic that in these Twilight-frenzied times, the Rice book that’s on its way to the big screen isn’t any of her Vampire Chronicles volumes, but Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, which follows Jesus Christ through ages 7 and 8. Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) has signed on to produce the project, which has Cyrus Nowrasteh attached to direct. More details after the jump.

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After Neil Jordan’s intense and vivid Interview With the Vampire and Michael Rymer’s deathly dull Queen of the Damned, and in step with the current Twilight-fuelled vampmania, it looks that Universal is looking to reboot the cinematic incarnation of Anne Rice‘s The Vampire Chronicles. The first book in the series was Interview, and I’d imagine a purist-pleasing reboot would start there, though I don’t really expect that to be the case here. Even though Interview and Queen were Warner Bros. films, they’re still fresh in the memory and frequent enough on cable that they’re also far from being forgotten. I don’t think Universal will try something so daft as fully rebooting a series that’s still alive in the mind of the public.

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