Deadline is reporting that Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles has been optioned by Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, and Brian Grazer. The deal includes not only the existing 10 novels in The Vampire Chronicles, but also the upcoming 11th novel, the 2 books in the related series New Tales of the Vampires, and any future novels. It also includes the adapted screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief written by Christopher Rice, Anne’s son.

Two of Rice’s Vampire Chronicles books have been previously adapted: 1994’s Interview with the Vampire, which starred Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt; and 2002’s Queen of the Damned starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah. This new deal means those films will be remade.

Rice’s series revolves around French nobleman Lestat de Lioncourt, who was turned into a vampire in the 18th century. The entire series spans centuries and includes several vampires characters. Rice’s vampires are considered unique in that they are not subject to the “traditional” vampire weaknesses like garlic and crosses. Although the most recent book in The Vampire Chronicles was published back in 2003, Rice recently announced a new 11th book in that series, Prince Lestat, due out October 28th.

Not caught up on the series? Time to start reading!

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Here’s Mary Fahl (former lead singer of October Project) singing “Exiles: The Wolves of Midwinter” which is used in the audiobook version of Anne Rice’s new novel, The Wolves of Midwinter.

Bonus: The video is followed by a “making of” featurette.

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The Horror Writers Association has announced the nominees for the Bram Stoker Vampire Novel of the Century Award.

Press release follows…
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