The vampire Lestat might find an afterlife on the Big Screen once again.
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has optioned the rights to Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief, which is the fourth book in her best-selling Vampire Chronicles series.
Tom Cruise first brought Lestat to life in 1994’s Interview With the Vampire. The film was directed by Neil Jordan and starred Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst.
Lestat came to life again in 2002 with the release of Queen of the Damned, this time played by Stuart Townsend and directed by Michael Rymer. Aaliyah co-stared. Damned is the third book in the series, skipping over the second and arguably most interesting, The Vampire Lestat.
Now Imagine along with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment have acquired the rights to the Body Thief and Lee Patterson is working on the script.
In Tale of the Body Thief Lestat has grown bored and weary after centuries as a vampire and meets a human psychic who agrees to switch bodies with him for one day. However the psychic disappears and Lestat must hook up with his old friends to get his body back.
The Pulse: Of all the Chronicles books I’ve read, this is easily my least favorite and I continue to be left wonder: Why don’t they just make The Vampire Lestat which is the best book in the series?