…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.
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.
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Lestat Returns? Tale of the Body Thief in Development
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?