Way back in the summer of 2014, Universal Pictures acquired the rights to author Anne Rice's entire The Vampire Chronicles novel series, including Interview With the Vampire, Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. A few weeks later, the studio brought on The Fault in our Stars filmmaker Josh Boone to write and direct an adaptation entitled The Vampire Chronicles, which would be based on Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. It seems the focus of this project has changed a bit, with Josh Boone recently revealing the title page of his script for a remake of Interview with the Vampire.
The filmmaker posted this photo of the script title page to his Instagram account last week, which revealed the title is in fact Interview With the Vampire, which will be based on the book of the same name, and The Vampire Lestat. The filmmaker co-wrote the script with Jill Killington, who both wrote the script for Katie Holmes' directorial debut, All I Had, which hit theaters last month. The script was dated April 2016, so we'll have to see how the studio responds to this fresh rewrite.
Interview With the Vampire was adapted into the hit 1994 movie of the same name, starring Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt, who turns a downtrodden plantation owner named Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) into a vampire, after Louis lost his wife. The movie grossed $105.4 million domestically and $223.6 million worldwide, from a $60 million budget. Eight years later, Queen of the Damned was adapted to the big screen, starring Aaliyah as the title character, Akasha, with Stuart Townsend playing Lestat. The movie fared much worse than Interview With the Vampire, taking in $30.3 million domestically and $45 million worldwide, from a $35 million budget.
Our report from 2014 revealed that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing for Universal, alongside Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer. What remains to be seen is if this project will become part of Universal's monster franchise, which Alex Kurtzman is overseeing with Chris Morgan. The monster franchise wasn't even in the works in 2014, it seems impossible to imagine Anne Rice's characters crossing over with Universal's classic monsters, especially since Tom Cruise, who played Lestat in the original Interview With the Vampire, is starring in the Mummy reboot. It's also worth noting that Robert Downey Jr. was rumored to take over the Lestat character back in 2009.
It isn't known if Josh Boone is still planning to direct this movie, since he is also attached to two other high-profile projects. The filmmaker is attached to both write and direct The Stand for Warner Bros. and The New Mutants for 20th Century Fox, but it isn't known when filming will begin on either of those projects. We'll keep you posted as soon as more details for Interview With the Vampire surface, so stay tuned, but in the mean time, take a look at Josh Boone's Instagram photo below.