A feature film adaptation of The Tale of the Body Thief, Anne Rice’s fourth Vampire Chronicles novel featuring her popular character Lestat de Lioncourt, is currently under development at Imagine Entertainment, EW has confirmed. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company is partnering with producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Eagle Eye) on the project, and tapped newcomer Lee Patterson to pen the screenplay through the Imagine Reliance Writers Lab.
The book follows the roguish Lestat after he exchanges his body with a strappingly built human psychic, only to have the psychic refuse to switch back. The story seemed like a unique, modern take for a vampire movie given that the immortal blood-suckers are abundant these days in pop culture. Although other films have been made featuring Lestat — including 1994′s Interview with the Vampire and 2002′s Queen of the Damned — the plan is to treat the character as if audiences have not met him before. Producers hope to have the script ready in a month to begin taking to studios.