It’s been 20 years since Interview With The Vampire hit cinemas starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and a young Kirstin Dunst. And it looks like we may finally be seeing a well welcomed return of literatures’ greatest 18th century French aristocrat-turned-vampire named Lestat de Lioncourt. It has been confirmed that Universal and Imagine Entertainment has acquired the rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” series; even included is the adapted screenplay for Tale of The Body Thief, which was written by Rice’s son Christopher Rice. There are 13 books in the main series, with another “Prince Lestat” hitting shelves in October.
According to a press release,Kurtzman and Robert Orci are set to produce, with Bobby Cohen on board to executive produce. President of Imagine Entertainment Erica Huggins will oversee the series. No production schedule has been announced, and it’s unclear who will direct or star in the new “Vampire” films; and at this time we don’t know if this is going to be an entire reboot or continuation of the series. But it looks like it’s a done deal. On Rice’s Facebook page, she went on the record with three of her favorite picks to play Lestat: “Thor” actor Chris Hemsworth (who Rice says “has Lestat’s square face, cheerful eyes, and voice”); “Arrow” actor Stephen Amell (“who also greatly resembles Lestat and has the body and face of a god”); and “Hell on Wheels” actor Anson Mount (“who seemed at times to be Lestat prowling the frontier” in that AMC drama series). Well, Im not going to argue with Miss Rice choices. Who do you think should reprise the role of the vampire aristocrat?
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