Universal Inks Deal With Anne Rice For The Vampire Chronicles

lestat_iwtvUniversal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Brian Grazer have acquired the rights to Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles according to deadline. The deal includes the entire library of vampire novels from the author.

Centered around former French nobleman and vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, the characters were featured previously in Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned from Warner Bros. The deal includes a screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief by Rice's son Christopher Rice and any future novels including the 11th in the series Prince Lestat.

The report says Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are developing classic monster flicks The Mummy and Van Helsing for the studio, will produce… but the two have previously split and only Kurtzman is working on the Universal monsters, so I'm curious to see if they are working on this together.

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