Universal Acquires Rights to Anne Rice's THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES Series
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have picked up the rights to Anne Rice's book series The Vampire Chronicles. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are set to produce the films which will center on an 18th century French nobleman-turned-vampire.
According to THR, "the acquisition encompasses the entire body of existing and future novels in the series, including the adapted screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief written by Rice’s son Christopher Rice, which Imagine optioned two years ago. There are 13 books in the main series, with another --Prince Lestat -- hitting shelves in October."
A couple of Rice's other books have previously been adapted into feature films such as Interview with the Vampire, which was based on the first book in the series, and Queen of the Damned.
I loved Interview with a Vampire, and I guess there's a chance that it could eventually get remade now that Universal and Imagine have secured the rights to it. It will be interesting to see how they handle this series.