Universal Pictures Locks Rights for Anne Rice Book Series ‘The Vampire Chronicles’

By Rochelle Paula Carino | 2 years ago
Universal Pictures Locks Rights for Anne Rice Book Series ‘The Vampire Chronicles’

Universal Pictures has recently acquired the film rights for the popular supernatural book series “The Vampire Chronicles” written by Anne Rice. It came after the company released the official trailer for the adaptation of bestselling erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Read on to learn more about it.

Alas, it is safe to assume that the bloodthirsty, painstakingly beautiful undead people have the possibility of gracing the silver screen once more as the production company announced its acquisition of the book series, alongside Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment.


The franchise reboot is set to be produced with the successful creative partnership of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (“Star Trek”). The president of Imagine Entertainment Erica Huggins will be the one to who will oversee the film as a whole with executive producer Bobby Cohen.

As reported by Variety, the announcement of the deal  will include the screenplay adaptation of the dedicated author’s fourth book entitled “The Tale of the Body Thief.” It was written by her sole bloodline and fellow suspense writer, Christopher Rice.

“The Vampire Chronicles” series is basically centered in the fictional life of Lestat de Lioncourt, a French aristocrat suffering in the helms of poverty who got transformed into a vampire during the late 18th century.

Tech Times considered Anne Rice as the mother of all vampire fiction with the way she single-handedly written the 10 books for the collection. The book series started in 1976 until the last novel “Blood Canticle” was written in 2003.

On the other hand, Rice confirmed that the upcoming addition will be published in October 2014, which is entitled “Prince Lestat.” This is then an automatic addition to the possible movie franchise.

Back in 2009, Anne Rice wished to have her book legacies be imprinted on screen, and it would seem that her wishes will be put to effect in the coming years.

“I am very hopeful that high-quality films will be made in the future based on the Vampire Chronicles and books about the Mayfair Witches, and my agents are actively working on possible projects,” posted the author in her official website last July 10, 2009.

To date, two novels from the popular book series have been adapted into films.  The “Interview With a Vampire” movie starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise was a blockbuster hit in 1994. The second film, which was loosely based on “Vampire Lestat” and “Queen of the Damned,” starred Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend in 2002.

Vampire mythology is certainly a classic movie subject with the way things are looking up for the birth of another supernatural movie franchise. “The Vampire Chronicles” movie franchise is still going through the pre-production phase, and we will definitely be keeping tabs on the more justifiable and highly original vampire mythology adaptation.


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