Though Anne Rice’s acclaimed Vampire Chronicles series may be a bestseller at the bookstore, the series hasn’t been a hit on the big screen in nearly 20 years – but all that could change soon thanks to a couple of TV veterans.
The Hollywood Reporter reports frequent J.J. Abrams collaborators and current Fringe producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have signed on with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment to help bring the vampire Lestat back to the big screen courtesy of Rice’s 1993 novel, The Tale of the Body Thief.
If anyone can revive one of the biggest horror franchises out there for a new generation, Kurtzman and Orci are the men for the job. The two have worked on successful reboots of Star Trek and Hawaii Five-0, and have the necessary chops to breathe some life into the long dormant franchise.
The last hit Rice’s series had was the 1994 Tom Cruise vehicle Interview With the Vampire, followed up by the critically panned 2002 effort Queen of the Damned, which did little to capture the same magic.
If the proposed film stays close to the book’s story, it should center on the immortal vampire Lestat after he switches body with a psychic to become human. Considering the supernatural and paranormal experience Orci and Kurtzman bring from their lengthy stints on Fox’s Fringe and Lost, you have to think this movie at least won’t suck.
What do you think? Is the world ready for a new Anne Rice horror flick?