Universal Grabs Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles”

Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, and producer Brian Grazer have acquired the rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” novel series.

The deal spans all eleven of the novels in Rice’s series: “Interview with the Vampire,” “The Vampire Lestat,” “The Queen of the Damned,” The Tale of the Body Thief,” “Memnoch the Devil,” “The Vampire Armand,” “Merrick,” “Blood and Gold,” “Blackwood Farm,” “Blood Canticle” and this year’s “Prince Lestat”.

The books center around 18th century French nobleman Lestat de Lioncourt who becomes a vampire. The first book was previously adapted into the acclaimed 1994 Neil Jordan film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt which became a massive box-office success.

Parts of the second and third were combined into the less well-received 2002 film “Queen of the Damned” starring Stuart Townsend and the late Aaliyah.

“Transformers” and “Star Trek” writing/producing duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board to produce.

Source: Variety