Last week word came down that Universal and Imagine Entertainment acquired the rights to the entirety of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. The series of novels began with 1976’s Interview With the Vampire and continues through today with the 12th and 13th installment of the franchise forthcoming. Interview and the third book Queen of the Damned were both adapted into films in the '90s, but as of yet, no one has tried to take on the second book in the series, The Vampire Lestat, which chronicles the origins and life of the most popular character in the series.
...Until now, supposedly. The Wrap reports that Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is in talks with the studio to reboot the franchise as the director and writer of a screenplay, which will be a ‘faithful’ adaptation of both The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned. Imagine Entertainment has called this rumor ‘completely untrue’ so take everything with a grain of salt.
The Vampire Chronicles first attempt at franchise building was the star packed Neil Jordan outing Interview With the Vampire, with Tom Cruise as Lestat and Brad Pit, Kirsten Dunst, Christan Slater all joining the fray. Following that came Queen of the Damned, with Stewart Townsed taking the reins of Lestat and R&B sensation Aaliyah playing the titular über-Vampire; that film received some dismal reviews and relatively poor box office results, and more or less killed the series. An attempt was made to revive the undead via a Lestat adaptation with Robert Downey Jr. in the role, but that was underway five years ago and went nowhere.
Boone is an interesting choice for the job. In terms of salacious lascivious and overly sexual vampires, no one quite does it like Rice’s series. And Boone’s subject material to date has been about as sexy as, well, children with cancer. With only The Fault in our Stars and one other film to his credit, Boone is a relatively untested director. But with the unquestionable success of Fault this summer, it’s no doubt why the studio would want him on any project he had interest in. But all this will have to wait until Boone finishes production on the remake of Stephen King’s The Stand. He has been working on a 3 hour adaptation of the ginormous post-apocalyptical novel that chronicles a war of good versus evil after a plague has wiped out 99% of the world's population.
Whether this rumor is true or not, Boone is an interesting but solid pick for the adaptation. With his work on The Stand, he’s got a handle on turning long books with complicated plots and a deep bevvy of characters into films. The Fault in Our Stars proves that he knows how to appeal to the American teenager (both the literal one, and the one still locked inside all of us), which will likely be The Vampire Chronicles’ main demographic target.
As more information develops on The Vampire Chronicles, we’ll keep you posted.
Source: The Wrap