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Universal Stakes Claim to Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’

Interview with the Vampire

For good or bad, Anne Rice deserves much of the credit for the way vampires have been depicted in popular culture for the past four decades, up to and including The Vampire Diaries and Twilight. Her 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire not only cemented the image of the bloodsuckers as tragic, romantic figures, it birthed no fewer than 10 sequels — known collectively as The Vampire Chronicles — and spawned countless imitators.

The series also inspired two film adaptations, the more successful being 1994’s Interview with a Vampire, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. And now, 20 years later, Universal Pictures is aiming to bring Rice’s creations to the screen again.

Variety reports the studio has acquired the rights to not only The Vampire Chronicles, including the upcoming novel Prince Lestat, but also the adapted screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief, written by Rice’s son Christopher for Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are on board to produce, which is interesting considering they had an amicable split in April.


  • Rubicon

    I can certainly be wrong, but other than the most devoted fans, I just don’t see a strong enough audience to support this entire series let along make it stand out among all the other vampire media out there. Its going to take some some fantastic movies and star power to support an 11+ picture series.

  • Kuroneo

    Oh gawd no! Don’t touch the classic please!

  • lewis4510

    Agreed, it seems to me that the ship has sailed to capitalize on this book series.

  • Kuroneko

    Most vampire wannabes today are set in the modern era, you know cheaper production and those things. They even look generic now.

  • Dean_Winchester

    Yes the Vampire genre is so saturated at this point and I don’t see where this fits in. And most young people will have no idea that Rice basically created the modern representation of Vampires; they will just see these films as “Twilight ripoffs”.

  • PretenderNx01

    Twilight is over, True Blood is ending leaving only Vampire Diaries on CW. Anne Rice has a lot of Facebook fans, I think people know she’s the original. Really, it just depends on how well the movies are made. A good movie is a good movie and a bad movie is a bad movie.