Anne Rice's Tale of the Body Thief Brings Lestat Back To The Big Screen
The film rights to Anne Rice's fourth vampire novel, Tale of the Body Thief, has been optioned by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, according to THR.
Star Trek, Transformers and Fringe creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are said to be on as producers.
Lee Paterson (Snatched) is working on the script as well.
This will be the third time Rice's Lestat makes his way to the big screen. Previously with the debut of Interview With The Vampire we saw Tom Cruise as Lestat along side Brad Pitt, and then with the follow-up in 2002, Queen of the Damned, which featured Aaliyah as the all-powerful vampire queen, with Stuart Townsend taking the role of Lestat de Lioncourt.
It's been sometime since I read these novels, with Tale of the Body Thief published in 1992, but as the title suggests, a "body thief" offers a trade with Lestat for a day only to go back on his word, with Lestat attempting to regain his body.