Nothing makes Lestat happier than making news!…

…annunciated author Anne Rice on her facebook page a few hours ago when she posted the following news.

Anne Rice’s ‘Tale of the Body Thief’ In Development With Imagine, Kurtzman/Orci

Imagine used its partnership with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment to fund the acquisition, and it is using the Imagine Reliance Writers Lab to work on the script.

1:52 PM PST 2/7/2012 by Borys Kit
Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice Cover - P 2012

The vampire Lestat could be heading back to the big-screen.

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has optioned the rights to Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief, the fourth book in Rice’s best-selling series The Vampire Chronicles.

Lestat was first portrayed by Tom Cruise in 1994’s Interview With the Vampire, which was made by Warner Bros. and directed by Neil Jordan. The movie also starred Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst.

In 2002, Warners released Queen of the Damned, a big-screen translation of the third book in the Rice series that starred R&B singer Aaliyah.

Imagine used its partnership with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment to fund the acquisition of Body Thief, and it is using the Imagine Reliance Writers Lab to work on the script. Lee Patterson, who wrote a well-regarded screenplay titled Snatched, is working on Body Thief.

Producing with Imagine are Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writer-producers behind TV’s Fringe and the Star Trek and Transformers movies.

Karen Kehala-Sherwood, the Imagine exec who oversees the lab, and the company’s Erica Huggins are exec producing.

The hook of the Body Thief is that the story concerns body-switching. Lestat, depressed and lonely after centuries as a vampire, decides to transfer souls for a day with a psychic, who after the transfer reveals that he has no intention of switching back. Lestat, now in a human body and with the help of some friends, must track down the man and get his body back.

The project is in development and not set up at a studio.


Twitter: @Borys_Kit


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Lestat Returns? Tale of the Body Thief in Development

by Ryan Turek
February 07, 2012

You can’t keep a good vampire down.  In this case, the vampire Lestat – first brought to the screen in Interview With a Vampire and then in Queen of the Damned, both adaptations of Anne Rice’s novels.  Now, The Hollywood Reporter has announced another Rice tome, The Tale of the Body Thief, has been optioned.

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment secured the rights; Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers) will produce.In The Tale of the Body Thief, the vampire Lestat has an out of body experience when he swaps bodies with a psychic.  The latter – now empowered by being a bloodsucker – disappears, breaking the deal he made leaving Lestat on a search for his body.Lee Patterson is adapting the novel.  There is no studio home for the project, however, so you may not see this adaptation for a bit.

Now, here’s the question: Who should play Lestat?

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2 Responses to Nothing makes Lestat happier than making news!…

  1. I am a huge fan of Anne Rice’s vampire series and Lestat is one of my all-time favourite characters. I wasn’t crazy about Tom Cruise playing him and I thought that Stuart Townsend was much sexier as Lestat in Queen of The Damned, but he wasn’t blonde or blue-eyed. Neither is my choice for casting for Tale of the Body Thief, but there are wigs & contacts. I choose Ben Barnes for the next Lestat. What do you think of that? He’s the right age, 6’1″, and capable of being very smouldering and alluring (did you see him in Dorian Gray?). I really think he could do a great job with the role!

    • First of all thank you very much for your nice comment.
      I guess it is no secret that I’m a huge fan of Anne Rice’s vampire series, too. 😉 It cannot be denied that Mrs. Rice has an impact on the way I create my own characters and I have to admit, that Lestat is without any doubt my all-time favourite vampire character.

      I couldn’t agree more about Tom Cruise and Stuart Townsend playing Lestat in the past. It was exactly what I always felt. I was met with a lot of discountenance from many people when I told them I preferred Stuart Townsend’s performance of Lestat.

      Yes, I’ve seen ‘Dorian Grey’ with Ben Barnes and I have to say he did a great job in this film.

      But to be honest there is actually only one actor whom I could see as the next Lestat for ‘The Tale of the Body Thief’ and that is: Jared Leto.

      For he proved his enormous versatility and outstanding acting skills already in the past in films like ‘Mr. Nobody’, ‘Chapter 27’, ‘Requiem for a Dream’, ‘Prefontaine’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Panic Room’, ‘Alexander’ and with his homage to Kurt Cobain *; just to name a few.

      To my opinion Jared Leto would be the perfect choice as Lestat and to be honest if I had a say in it; I would cast him even in a double role as Lestat AND the body thief.


      Because of his performance in Mr. Nobody, where he showed the world just a tiny bit of what he is made of.

      I’m absolutely convinced that he would blow the audiences minds away if he’d play this vampire.


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