In case you haven’t heard, vampires are cool again. They’re haunting art houses in movies like “Only Lovers Left Alive” and the upcoming Iranian film “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” not to mention “True Blood.” Now Universal is getting into the fang-bangin’ game with its acquisition of Anne Rice’s series of novels, “The Vampire Chronicles.” The deal encompasses everything from 1976’s “Interview with the Vampire” and Christopher Rice’s screenplay for “Tale of the Body Thief,” to any future fang-tastic novels Rice might pen.
Although Rice had given up on vampires for a while, she’s back in the bloody saddle again with “Prince Lestat,” which is coming out just in time for Halloween. It will also be a handy way to jumpstart Rice’s momentum. For a lot of us, Anne Rice is the O.G. author of the modern vampire novel, but she’s also written about witches, werewolves, and even seraphim. She’s also had some ups and downs with religion, which led to several novels with Christian themes that left her original audience looking elsewhere for their fix.
Rice’s novels “Interview with the Vampire” and “Queen of the Damned” have already been adapted for the big screen. The former was a lush affair directed by Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise as the eternally sexy Lestat, Brad Pitt as his equally undead and beautiful companion Louis, and Kirsten Dunst as an adorable baby vampire. The latter was a more modern affair starring the late Aaliyah as Queen Akasha and Stuart Townsend as Lestat. It stands to reason that they’d want to at least reboot “Interview” to start the new franchise off with a bite. “Star Trek” dudes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board to produce.
[via The Wrap]
Gallery | 5 Smartest Vampire Movies
- ‘Let the Right One In’ (2008)
The Swedish original to the 2010 American remake follows Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a 12-year-old bullied boy who finds friendship with the mysterious Eli (Lina Leandersson) who turns out to be a vampire. “Let the Right One In” reinvigorated the hackneyed vampire genre by blending a poignant young love story with moments of sophisticated horror. It’s hard to label the film as outright horror or drama since it uses both in such new ways to create a truly beautiful film.
- ’Dracula’ (1992)
When you mix a story based on Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel and Francis Ford Coppola, you’re bound to get a masterpiece of a film. Coppola’s adaptation brought elegance and lavishness to the vampire genre, which accumulated much campiness over the years. Starring Gary Oldman as the Count, Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing, and Winona Ryder as Mina, the film’s grand spectacles make it an unforgettable achievement of cinematic horror.
- ‘Near Dark’ (1987)
Before Kathryn Bigelow won Oscars for “The Hurt Locker” she made her solo directing debut with “Near Dark,” a cowboy-vampire hybrid. The film follows Caleb (Adrian Pasdar), who is turned into a vampire and must eventually choose between his real family and his new fanged family. Starring Bill Paxton and Lane Henriksen, Bigelow’s film is a unique addition to the genre for blending the romanticism of classic Westerns with the dark eroticism of vampire stories.
- ‘Kiss of the Damned’ (2012)
From Xan Cassavetes (daughter of famous director John Cassavetes), “Kiss of the Damned” follows Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume), a vampire who attempts to resist her passion for a human but soon turns him into one of her own. However, problems arise for the whole fanged community when Djuna’s trouble-maker sister unexpectedly shows up. Cassavetes film is noteworthy for exchanging gore for mature sexuality with a sophisticated and sultry approach. “Kiss of the Damned” is also one of the few films that focuses on a female vampire, something we can’t help but love.
- ‘Interview With the Vampire’ (1994)
Neil Jordan’s “Interview With the Vampire,” based on the novel of the same name by Anne Rice, follows the story of a 200-year-old vampire (Brad Pitt) as he recounts his life to a young reporter (Christian Slater). Jordan’s film is most commendable for its gorgeous visuals and seductive tone, which brought a mature stylishness to the story. While the performances are not the best of any of the cast, including Tom Cruise, Jordan’s film nonetheless is one of the most poetic adaptations of blood-lusting tales.
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