Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

Anne Rice's 'Tale Of The Body Thief' Getting The Big Screen Treatment By Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

The Playlist By Benjamin Wright | The Playlist February 8, 2012 at 9:38AM

Audiences can’t seem to get enough of their tawdry vampire love sagas nowadays, and while more than enough has been said about “The Twilight Saga,” there’s also “True Blood,” "Vampire Diaries," the “Underworld” movies, and about a dozen upcoming projects chronicling these creatures of the night. Though long before Stephenie Meyers or Alan Ball sunk their teeth into vampire lore, author Anne Rice pretty much had the monopoly on all things fanged in popular culture throughout the late-‘80s and ‘90s.
1
Tale Of The Body Thief Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

Audiences can’t seem to get enough of their tawdry vampire love sagas nowadays, and while more than enough has been said about “The Twilight Saga,” there’s also “True Blood,” "Vampire Diaries," the “Underworld” movies, and about a dozen upcoming projects chronicling these creatures of the night. Though long before Stephenie Meyers or Alan Ball sunk their teeth into vampire lore, author Anne Rice pretty much had the monopoly on all things fanged in popular culture throughout the late-‘80s and ‘90s.

Well now the fourth novel in her bestselling “The Vampire Chronicles” series, entitled “The Tale Of The Body Thief,” will bring the beloved vampire Lestat back to the silver screen. THR is reporting that Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is optioning the rights to the 1992 novel, which would serve as the third iteration of Rice’s 'Chronicles' work on film, following 2002’s misguided “Queen of the Damned” and the Tom Cruise-starring blockbuster “Interview with the Vampire.” Imagine is partnering with India's Reliance Big Entertainment to fund the project, though what’s most interesting about all this is that Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who we all know as the writer-producers of “Fringe,” “Star Trek,” and the first two “Transformers” films, are also onboard to produce. The script is apparently being worked on in the Imagine Reliance Writers Lab (what?), by scribe Lee Paterson, who has apparently written a well-respected script entitled “Snatched.”

Anyways, 'Body Thief' will catch-up with Lestat, who is in full-on Edward Cullen mode as he wanders around lonely and depressed after years of being a member of the undead. He cuts a deal with a human psychic to swap souls for a day, only for the psychic to reveal he has no intention of returning to being a mere mortal after the swap. Lestat joins some fellow colleagues to then hunt down the psychic after he flees in an effort to return to his own body. Perhaps this will be pitched as “Freaky Friday” meets “Twilight”? What a sell.

With Kurtzman and Orci onboard, there’s a chance this could indeed be a rather interesting venture into Rice’s work, especially with the potentially thrilling premise. Although, “Queen of the Damned” left us with little more than the memory of a fine performance by the late hip-hop artist Aaliyah, so we’re not exactly pining for another Rice adaptation. We’d say the vampire market is oversaturated at the moment, but with everything from “Dark Shadows” to “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” on the way, as we said before, the genre is certainly thriving.

The project isn’t yet set up at any studio yet, and is still in development, so it may be awhile before we see Lestat roaming around to “Sympathy for the Devil” again.

This article is related to: Tale Of The Body Thief, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates