Universal Buys Up Anne Rice’s THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES; Kurtzman & Orci to Produce


Universal, Imagine Entertainment, and Brian Grazer acquired the rights to Anne Rice’s popular anthology of novels, “The Vampire Chronicles.”

Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce the films based on the classic series of novels, which centers on a 18th century French nobleman-turned-vampire.

Despite their recent mutual creative partnership splitting, those two are attached to produce any films based on the 13 books currently. If you accidentally forgot, they are developing classic monster flicks The Mummy and Van Helsing for the studio. Who are these two guys and why do they have the monopoly on so much property? I got no answer.

The first book in the series, Interview with the Vampire, was made into a film in 1994 that stars Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. The 2002 film Queen of the Damned also took inspiration from Rice’s novels with Aaliyah playing the eponymous bloodsucker and Stuart Townsend playing the vampire Lestat.

The deal includes movie-rights to both films as well as to the upcoming 11th book “Prince Lestat” for which Rice earlier suggested that she would like to see Robert Downey Jr. playing the title role.

It’s not known if they’re going to remake the 1994 hit, but there’s a reasonable likelihood that they’ll feel the need to retool from the ground up.

I’m not a hater… I am just interested in a Hollywood landscape where only a limited about of movies get put through the same creative filter. How about you?