Universal, Imagine snag rights to Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles'

By Kyle Johnson,

Universal and Imagine Entertainment have snapped the rights to the entire Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice.

The deal gives the studios 12 completed books in the series and any future books that Rice might write for the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Imagine already bought the option for the Christopher Rice written screenplay to Tale of the Body Thief.

Rice has one upcoming novel in the series, Prince Lestat due out in October. Ten of the novels are part of the main series, while there are two others that are related.

Two books Queen the Damned and Interview with the Vampire have already been adapted for the big screen, with the latter starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.

Bobby Cohen is on board to executive produce the films, while Erica Huggins will oversee for Imagine. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will produce, adding to Kurtzman's large list of responsibilities for Universal.

He was already tapped to help oversee Universal's planned reboot of the studio's classic monster movie franchises with Chris Morgan.

In late the July, the first project became The Mummy reboot and Kurtzman will direct the film based off Jon Spaihts script, which Kurtzman and Orci worked on as well.

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