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Universal Pictures acquires Anne Rice’s 'Vampire Chronicles' novels

Anne Rice's vampire books were bought by Universal Pictures
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Big news for Anne Rice fans it looks like we will be seeing more movies about her vampires. According to the online news sources Variety and Deadline, today, Aug. 7 Universal Pictures has just acquired the rights to Anne Rice's novels that are in the "Vampire Chronicle" series for Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment. Also announced was that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board to produce.

Imagine Entertainment's president, Erica Huggins will oversee the films based on the series for Imagine Entertainment and the executive producer will be Bobby Cohen.

In total counting the newest book there are eleven books in the "Vampire Chronicles" series.

The deal announced today will include the adapted screenplay for "The Tale of the Body Thief" that was written by Rice's own son, Christopher Rice. "Tale of the Body Thief" is the fourth book of the Vampire Chronicles, and it was published in 1992. Other books that are part of the "Vampire Chronicles" series is the first one "Interview with the Vampire," the second book is "The Vampire Lestat," the third book is "Queen of the Damned,"fourth like stated before is "The Tale of the Body Thief," the fifth book is "Memnoch the Devil," the sixth book is "The Vampire Armand," the seventh book is "Merrick," the eighth book is "Blood and Gold," the ninth book is "Blackwood Farm," the tenth book is "Blood Canticle" and the current book that comes out this October is "Prince Lestat." So those are the books that are in the "Vampire Chronicles."

The book series started in 1976 and has since then has large cult following. The series is one of the most popular modern books about vampires.

Only two of Rice's books were made into theatrical movies, the acclaimed 1994 film that was based off of her first novel, "Interview with the Vampire." Brad Pitt had played Louis and Lestat was played by Tom Cruise. Many years later "Queen of the Damned," came along in 2002 with Stuart Townsend taking up the role as Lestat.

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