Filmmaker Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”) is reportedly in early talks to direct the reboot of Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” in development Universal Pictures according to The Wrap.
The site claims Boone is being eyed to both write and direct with Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci having signed off on Boone’s hiring. Universal’s approval is expected to be “a mere formality”.
Universal acquired the rights to the book series recently which includes the entire body of existing and future novels in Rice’s series. The deal also includes the adapted screenplay for “Tale of the Body Thief” written by Rice’s son, author Christopher Rice.
Rather than remaking “Interview With the Vampire,” the plan is for a new take on the second and third books – “The Vampire Lestat” and “The Queen of the Damned”. This version is also expected to be more faithful to the source material than the 2002 film.
Boone is currently prepping a three-hour adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand” for Warner Bros. and CBS Films, this would follow soon after.
A spokesperson for Imagine Entertainment has since labelled the story “completely untrue” though the site claims it is standing by its story.