3:40pm PT by Rebecca Ford
Universal, Imagine Acquire Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles' Book Series
Universal and Imagine Entertainment have acquired the rights to Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series.
The acquisition encompasses the entire body of existing and future novels in the series, including the adapted screenplay written by Rice's son, Christopher Rice, for Tale of the Body Thief, which Imagine optioned two years ago. There are 13 books in the main series, with another — Prince Lestat — hitting shelves in October.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce the films based on the book series, which centers on a 18th century French nobleman-turned-vampire.
Erica Huggins will oversee films based on the series for Imagine Entertainment, and Bobby Cohen will executive produce.
Some of Rice's novels from the vampire series have seen their way to the big screen in the past. Warner Bros. made Interview with the Vampire (based on the first book in the series) into a 1994 film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. The 2002 film Queen of the Damned also took inspiration from Rice's series.
Anne Rice is repped by CAA; Janklow & Nesbit Associates; and Kleinberg, Lange, Cuddy & Carlo LLP. Christopher Rice is repped by Resolution; Janklow & Nesbit Associates; and Kleinberg, Lange, Cuddy & Carlo LLP.
Kurtzman and Orci are repped by CAA and Gendler & Kelly, APC.