Those of you despairing you might never see another film based on Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles have reason to celebrate today. Producing partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, through their Imagine Entertainment, have optioned the rights to the fourth book in the series, starring Rice's beloved antihero vampire Lestat. More after the jump.
The Hollywood Reporter has the story on the Tale of the Body Thief movie, stating that "Imagine used its partnership with India's Reliance Big Entertainment to fund the acquisition of Body Thief, and it is using the Imagine Reliance Writers Lab to work on the script. Lee Patterson, who wrote a well-regarded screenplay titled Snatched, is working on Body Thief."
"Producing with Imagine are Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writer-producers behind TV's Fringe and the Star Trek and Transformers movies.
"Karen Kehala-Sherwood, the Imagine exec who oversees the lab, and the company's Erica Huggins are exec producing.
"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.
"The project is in development and not set up at a studio."
So, for the uninitiated, The Tale of the Body Thief is sort of like an R-rated Freaky Friday. Not sure if the usually middlebrow Howard and Grazer (responsible for fare like A Beautiful Mind) are the right guys to oversee an adaptation of Rice's guilty-pleasure prose, but it's nice to know a film based on one of the author's better books is in development. And God knows it's gotta be better than Queen of the Damned.