Anne Rice's 'Interview With a Vampire' to Be Rebooted

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Hollywood's Finally Broken: 'Interview With the Vampire' to Be Rebooted

By Emily Chambers | Trade News | August 8, 2014 | Comments ()


At this point, what do you even say about the over- saturated vampire genre? Maybe it could be summed up by the fact that we’ve reached over- saturation on articles criticizing the over- saturated vampire genre. But don’t worry because Anne Rice just got another book adaptation deal. After all, if Hollywood is going to bring us more vampire movies, it might as well bring us recycled vampire movies.

Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, and Brian Grazer have acquired rights to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles in a juicy deal that spans the entire library of Rice’s bloodsucker series.

Rice’s Vampire Chronicles novels are centered around 18th century French nobleman vamp Lestat de Lioncourt and previously spawned feature adaptations Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned at rival Warner Bros. The deal gives Universal and Imagine access to the entire Vampire Chronicle series as well as the adapted screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief by Rice’s son Christopher Rice and any future novels including the upcoming 11th book Prince Lestat.

Originally I was less than enthused at the idea of this franchise being rebooted. But then I remembered the hair. The glorious, ill-fitting, poorly-colored hair.

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I forgot you were in this movie. Your hair is terrible.

And let’s not forget:

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I would marry this picture if I could.

So forget what I said about the over-saturation. Bring on the remake! I want Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender in the leads with the worst wigs this century has ever seen. Because it’s not just in the movies that we get terrible hair. Sometimes this happens:
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You are a miracle, Emma Thompson. Never change.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  • Ricky, Bubbles & Julian

    Yech I'd forgotten how crappy this movie was until seeing these stills. I wouldn't mind going down with Emma and her doo-doo curls though

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I could not get over the bad wigs. They were terrible.

  • muscleman

    I fell in love with Lestat when I was 17, I always pictured him as maybe Paul Walker or Cam Gigandet. I only saw the movie after Anne Rice said it was cool.
    I NEVER got the long hair. IMHO, I with they would do Rice's "Mayfair Witches" series.

  • _Alexander_

    Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender? Nah. What you want...what you really really want is Natalie Dormer and Tatiana Maslany.

  • John G.

    I actually really want this. My childhood has demanded a version of this movie without Tom Cruise since it was first ripped out in 1994.

  • e jerry powell

    All hail whoever beat their mugs!

  • Emm82

    Dear god no! What else will I reach for when drunk?!

  • kinoumenthe

    I'm all for More Vamp Adaptations ! But please make it this one ! I want the Creature talking about poop !

  • Nicole

    I don't want this at all. Brad Pitt in his prime was the perfect Louis.

  • No. Not because it was so good, but because there are so many other vampire stories that would be better. I don't seek out vampire books, but I'm part of a book review site, so I see plenty of them. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a vampire story, and while everyone bitches about how oversaturated the market is, they keep churning them out because they keep selling.

    Make a movie about Cat and Bones (by Jeaniene Frost). Still plenty of room for cheese, but way less angsty most of the time. And Bones rips off arms. Not kidding. Or pick from Lara Adrian or JR Wards insanely over-sexualized (and enormous) vampires and make a movie about one of them. Heck, if you want a fresh vampire take, look at ML Brennan's series. The hero is named Fortitude Scott, and he's a weak excuse for a vampire, which is sort of endearing. Watching him deal with getting stronger is great fun.

    (I sure hope that coding worked or this is gonna be a mess of a comment.)

  • If you want a cheesy, trashy over-the-top kind of adaptation, you could do worse than Laurel Hamilton's vampire novels, too.

  • mzblackwidow

    ughhhh - if they adapted one of batshit crazy Lala's books it would just encourage her belief that she is the originator of urban fantasy as a genre, or vampire books in general, or maybe the world. Depends what time of day you ask her.
    Also, her books are 90% (very badly written) sex and 10% her hateful heroine/avatar being awesome :\ If we are to have movies full of vampire sex, I definitely agree with Cat & Bones and/or the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Think males opposite in EVERY way to those photos of Tommy Boy and you get the idea.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I forgot you were in this movie. Your hair is terrible.

    ...that made me laugh harder than it should have. I remember thinking that cast was so hot at the time.

    I think we can do better than Fassbender and Gosling though. I'll figure out who...

  • edit; nevermind my bitter rant. This is a terrible idea.

  • stardust

    I genuinely love this movie so much and I don't care who knows it. I've seen it a million times and I can still recite most of the dialogue along with the actors. And I've listened to the soundtrack a million times more.

  • foolsage

    But... how many times have you seen "Queen of the Damned"? I'm guessing it's many times fewer. The first movie was cheesy goodness, then they somehow skipped the second book (the second book was my favorite, dammit), and the next movie was a hideous mess. The later movies were killed in the womb by the memory of "QotD". Which is to say: I can see why they want to reboot the franchise.

  • Berry

    The Queen of the Damned is a terrible book though. And I can just see how well the pale red-heads from Africa are going to go down this day and age: like a lead balloon. As they should.

  • foolsage

    Yeah, that, and Lestat and Jesus' Excellent Adventure: not going to be popular.

  • Berry

    Not sure I understand that. You're either referring to a part of the Chronicles I haven't read (I stopped after The Queen) or else have forgotten. It's been years.

  • foolsage

    That's a reference to the fifth book, "Memnoch the Devil", where Anne Rice has her favorite creation literally drink (some of) the blood of Jesus Christ. No, seriously.

    The first two books were enjoyable. After that, they got steadily worse and more contrived.

  • Berry

    Okay. That's certainly something else. I had seen people putting Rice down for writing "Jesus fan fiction" but I didn't think it would be... that.

  • foolsage

    Did I mention that Lestat brings Veronica's Veil back from his little trip to visit Best Pal Jesus? And that this triggers a worldwide Christian resurgence? And that the Vampire Armand commits public suicide* to convince people that the holy relic is important?


    * He's saved, miraculously.

  • Berry

    That sounds so balls to the wall crazy and awful, that like emmalita, I'm half tempted to witness it myself.

  • emmalita

    Good godtopus. I am torn between wanting to never read the books I haven't read (everything after Queen of the Damned) and wanting to find someone to read it all aloud to me.

    So, have you listened to the audiobooks?

  • foolsage

    I don't do audiobooks; I prefer to read. To each their own though.

    I think if you're going to find someone to read it to you, it either needs to be someone like Hiddleston or Fassbender, or on the other extreme, Gilbert Gottfried. There's no room for middle ground here.

  • He did do the audiobook for '50 Shades of Gray', so you never know, you might be in luck.

  • emmalita

    Some books demand to be read aloud. And if I'm going to dream big, I'm going full Idris Elba.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    By the way, Emily, wanting to adapt "Interview with a Vampire" was what pushed Bryan Fuller into screenwriting, initially. NOT THAT HE SHOULD DO IT NOW. But I thought you'd enjoy that piece of information.

  • Target_Blonde

    I 1000% forgot Antonio Banderas was in this movie. Oh god, I so want to watch the DVD like NOW.

    I also remember Kirsten Dunst getting a Golden Globe nom for this role and how disappointed she was to lose. (Jesus god, I just realized that my biggest takewawy from Interview With A Vampire was Kirsten Dunst. I'll see myself out.)

  • Whaddya mean, "finally"?

  • JoeK

    You leave Emma Thompson out of this. It was the 90s! Everyone had bad hair!

  • Emily Chambers

    Usually I try not to jump into the comments of my own posts because decorum, but what the hell? It's Friday. I did not mean to impugn Ms. Thompson, but rather to genuinely thank her for that face. That is the face that everyone makes when they realize just how inappropriate their laughter is about to be.

  • JoeK

    Sorry, my knee-jerkery in defense of Miss Money-Sterling can get out of hand. All is forgiven.

  • Emily Chambers

    I think I just found my new profile pic!

  • emmalita

    I enjoy reading your posts, but I do miss your comments.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I can't take her seriously since she got rid of the Rob Ford avatar.

  • emmalita

    I wasn't going to say anything, but...

    Rob Ford's face makes me take everything more seriously.

  • Emily Chambers

    You should know better than to encourage me. I'll be up and down this thread all day.

  • emmalita

    My day is not complete until I have led someone astray.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Do it. DO IT.

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  • Emily Chambers

    I thought about including her, but the adult men hair seemed so disproportionately terrible. Like this is an overgrown Shirley Temple wig. But this? I mean, come on.

  • Berry

    I did not remember this movie looking quite so terrible.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    This is what homosexuals used to look like in mainstream culture. Aren't we all the happy to be past it.

  • Berry

    It's funny, I've never met an actual gay man with long hair, but I know so many people who think that long hair on a man automatically means he has sex with other men.

    Is funny the right word... ?

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Maybe in the "weird" sense of funny, but I think "hideously patriarchal" might be more fitting.

  • Berry

    That does seem to sum it up quite nicely.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    You ignore the fact Tom Cruise dyed his eyebrows to match this terribleness. It's an extra cherry on top of this bad wig sundae.

  • emmalita

    I was just coming down here to say that.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Oh, the 90s. Remember when people were all discussing how close to pedophilia this movie was, and two decades later we got a werewolf imprinting on a baby.

  • emmalita

    The pure cheese and hideous wigs of Interview might be responsible for the sparkle vampires and inappropriate wolves of Twilight.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Louis was the original "vegetarian vampire."

  • Nicole

    Well, IwtV is the source of most modern vampire novels. Anne Rice brought it back into style. At least they didn't sparkle and slept in real coffins.

  • Pants-are-a-must


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