“Vampire Chronicles” Bought by Universal for Imagine Entertainment

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Is it time for a surge in vampire movies? Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment have acquired Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” series through Universal Pictures.
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The Nerdist has reported that Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment have acquired Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” book series through their ties with Universal Pictures. Universal has purchased Rice’s entire 12-book series, including “Prince Lestat” (scheduled to be released this October) and all future books in the series.

When the time is right for new movies, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce the films. Kurtzman and Orci have teamed on multiple projects including “Transformers,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “Now You See Me” and “Cowboys and Aliens.”

Previous “Vampire Chronicles” films have performed unevenly. “Interview with the Vampire,” the first book in the series, was made into a Warner Bros. film in 1994 and made $105 million worldwide (in 1994 dollars) on a production budget of $60 million. In contrast, “Queen of the Damned,” a 2002 release by Warner Bros., was produced on a budget of half that ($35 million) and tanked with a worldwide gross of only $45 million. Because half of the gross was made on the first weekend of the film’s release, commentators suggest that bad reviews scared remaining movie-goers away.

This news comes at just the right time: there may be something to watch after the season finale of True Blood after all! Now, let’s hope Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake novels actually make it to the big screen.


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