Vampire lovers, do we have some amazing news for you. It looks like vampires are coming back, and in a big way! (And we’re thanking our lucky stars, because we’ve missed them!) Book Fandoms has just learned that Universal and Imagine Entertainment have acquired the rights to Anne Rice‘s The Vampire Chronicles series. There are 13 books in the main series, and another—titled Prince Lestat—will hit shelves in October. The acquisition includes the adapted screenplay for ‘Tale of the Body Thief,’ which was written by Anne Rice’s son, Christopher Rice.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce the vampire movies, while Erica Huggins will oversee films based on the series for Imagine Entertainment. Bobby Cohen will executive produce.
Some of Anne Rice’s vampire series novels were previously adapted to the big screen. The 1994 version of ‘Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles‘ starred Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise and brought in $220 million worldwide at the box office, while Anne Rice’s ‘Queen of the Damned‘ made 45 million back in 2002.
We’re beyond ecstatic about this. I think Universal can pull off a great and massive franchise here. We’ll be reporting on it every step of the way!
Anne Rice is represented by CAA, Janklow & Nesbit Associates and Kleinberg, Lange, Cuddy & Carlo LLP. Christopher Rice is repped by Resolution, Janklow & Nesbit Associates and Kleinberg, Lange, Cuddy & Carlo LLP.
Kurtzman and Orci are repped by CAA and Gendler & Kelly, APC.
(Thanks to @Jack_Morrissey)