The Vampire Lestat to return to the big screen in latest Anne Rice adaptation ‘The Tale of the Body Thief’

It’s been almost 20 years since Anne Rice’s book Interview with the Vampire was released, and although Queen of the Damned has also been made, I feel better pretending that film doesn’t exist. The good news today is that the fourth book in Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ is on the cards to be adapted for the big screen thanks to Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment. The producing partners have optioned right’s to the fourth book, called ‘The Tale of the Body Thief’. The Hollywood Reporter has all the details:

“Imagine used its partnership with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment to fund the acquisition of Body Thief, 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, the writer-producers behind TV’s Fringe and the Star Trek and Transformers movies.

“Karen Kehala-Sherwood, the Imagine exec who oversees the lab, and the company’s Erica Huggins are exec producing.

“The hook of the Body Thief is that the story concerns body-switching. Lestat, depressed and lonely after centuries as a vampire, decides to transfer souls for a day with a psychic, who after the transfer reveals that he has no intention of switching back. Lestat, now in a human body and with the help of some friends, must track down the man and get his body back.

“The project is in development and not set up at a studio.”

Here is the official synopsis for the book:

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…

Exciting stuff, let’s hope they get it right, get the right cast and director and hopefully we can all put the painful memories of Queen of the Damned to rest.

By Matt Wavish

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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