Oh God, Here Comes Lestat Again


?From The Hollywood Reporter:

The vampire Lestat could be heading back to the big-screen.

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard‘s Imagine Entertainment has optioned the rights to Anne Rice‘s The Tale of the Body Thief, the fourth book in Rice’s best-selling series The Vampire Chronicles.

Producing with Imagine are Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writer-producers behind TV’s Fringe and the Star Trek and Transformers movies.

The hook of the Body Thief is that the story concerns
body-switching. Lestat, depressed and lonely after centuries as a
vampire, decides to transfer souls for a day with a psychic, who after
the transfer reveals that he has no intention of switching back. Lestat,
now in a human body and with the help of some friends, must track down
the man and get his body back.

Well, thank god. I was just saying the other day how desperately we needed more effete, unintimidating vampires in the movies; thank god Ron Howard heard me. And the worst part is that if ever a series could be excused for a reboot, Anne Rice’s Melodramatic Ambisexual Vampires Inc. would be that one. Not only has it been 20 years since Interview with the Vampire, no one saw Queen of the Damned. Plus, they’ve never made The Vampire Lestat into a movie, which would be the perfect way to reboot the franchise. Also, and this is important, but Tale of the Body Thief is horrible. Just awful, people. Seriously, Ron, just do Lestat. It’s what people what, it’s the smart financial choice, and it’s even the right creative choice.

Ugh. Even though I truly believe this, exhorting a Vampire Chronicles reboot is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Please excuse me while I go rinse with rubbing alcohol and a match.