Over the past several years, there’s been persistent chatter regarding further adaptations of author Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. The ongoing saga of the vampire Lestat was a major hit back in 1994 when Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt helped deliver Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. The film received much critical acclaim and even scored a couple of Oscar nominations.
As a follow up, 2002’s Queen of the Damned lacked the star power that its predecessor had and audiences generally weren’t thrilled with the overall effort. Damned was the last cinematic adaptation of The Vampire Chronicles, though the eleven volume series of novels has continued to grow, with the most recent edition, Prince Lestat, having arrived in 2014 and a twelfth book, Blood Paradise, forthcoming.
Since 2009 however, rumors of a Vampire Chronicles reboot have hit fever pitch. By 2014, Universal and Imagine Entertainment had acquired the rights to the series and attached Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) to write and direct the first of what is likely aimed at becoming a franchise. Today on his Instagram account, Boone revealed that the story he’s adapted is none other than Interview With The Vampire.
The script is dated as recently as April of 2016, meaning that after years of rumors and hearsay, the plan to bring Interview With The Vampire back to audiences is indeed still alive and well. There’s no word on whether the role of vampire Lestat will be played by Robert Downey Jr., however – a rumor that remained quite persistent back in 2009. Boone has co-written the script with Jill Killington, whose only other screenwriting credit is Katie Holmes’ 2016 directorial debut All We Had – a script that Boone also co-wrote with Killington. Aside from his work with Killington, Boone’s been very busy as of late, having reportedly finished the second draft of the script for his X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants, this past April. In addition to this, he’s also scripted two Stephen King adaptations that he plans to direct: The Stand and The Revival.
At present time, Universal can't seem to get enough of the monster genre. The studio’s Tom Cruise-led The Mummy reboot is due in theaters by 2017, followed by an untitled monster movie in 2018. An Interview With The Vampire reboot could sit nicely amongst this slate of movies, though the question as to why such a well-loved movie needs a reboot when there are so many other stories to tell within the Vampire Chronicles does linger somewhat.
Josh Boone is certainly striving hard to make a name for himself, and should Interview With The Vampire find the same level of success as the original did, he could secure himself a spot at the helm of a very lucrative and popular franchise. This, in addition to his other potentially huge projects, could instantly heighten his profile as a highly sought-after filmmaker.
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