'The Vampire Chronicles' Getting New Big Screen Adaptations at Universal

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Seems like Universal is dead serious about their horror plans: in addition to rebooting 'The Mummy' franchise and their classic famous monsters, the studio has taken the rights to Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles' -- and yes, that means we'll likely see a new version of 'Interview with the Vampire' sometime in the near future.

Variety reports that Universal has acquired the rights to Anne Rice's popular vampire book series 'The Vampire Chronicles,' which also includes the upcoming novel 'Prince Lestat,' Rice's first book in the series in 11 years. The 'Chronicles' include a total of 11 novels, including her forthcoming installment.

Previously, Warner Bros. adapted 'Interview with the Vampire' starring Brad Pitt as Louis and Tom Cruise as Lestat in 1994. Lestat is a central figure in the 'Vampire Chronicles' stories, and was portrayed by Stuart Townsend in the lesser film adaptation 'Queen of the Damned,' which also starred Aaliyah.

Along with the rights to the novels, Universal has also acquired the adapted screenplay for the fourth book in the series, 'The Tale of the Body Thief,' written by Anne Rice's son, Christopher.

Former writing partners Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will produce the new film adaptations. Kurtzman is also involved in Universal's plans to revitalize their classic monsters, and is set to direct 'The Mummy' reboot.

But who will play the new movie version of Lestat? Our vote is for Lee Pace. What do you guys think?

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