Josh Boone Could Write and Direct ‘The Vampire Lestat’

By August 18, 2014
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I’ve never seen Interview with the Vampire or Queen of the Damned, and I’ve never read any of Anne Rice’s novels, but when Universal acquired the rights to her 13-book series “The Vampire Chronicles,” it was a clear indication that the studio was serious about getting some of those books adapted for the big screen. But I didn’t realize they’d move quite this quickly.

The Wrap reports that The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone is in early talks to write and direct The Vampire Lestat, an adaptation of one of the books in the series. The studio has apparently denied the claim, but The Wrap sticks by their report, so we’ll have to wait and see if the deal goes through or if this is just another one of those fluid situations in which someone’s attached one day and moves on to something else the next.

The book sounds like it could be a very cool blend of modern storytelling with a period drama. Check out this review from Amazon, which sums it up pretty well:

As with the first book in the series, the novel begins with a frame narrative. After over a half century underground, Lestat awakens in the 1980s to the cacophony of electronic sounds and images that characterizes the MTV generation. Particularly, he is captivated by a fledgling rock band named Satan’s Night Out. Determined both to achieve international fame and end the centuries of self-imposed vampire silence, Lestat takes command of the band (now renamed “The Vampire Lestat”) and pens his own autobiography. The remainder of the novel purports to be that autobiography: the vampire traces his mortal youth as the son of a marquis in pre-Revolutionary France, his initiation into vampirism at the hands of Magnus, and his quest for the ultimate origins of his undead species.

Sounds good to me. Like I said, I like the idea of being able to look at multiple time periods in a story that spans many years, and it should be interesting to see if they stick with the ’80s era or if they punch it up to a more modern setting. Imagine Entertainment mega-producer Brian Grazer is producing alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and all three of them have reportedly signed off on Boone’s hiring, so we should know fairly soon whether there’s truth to this story or not.

Boone is a guy that I’d never heard of a few months ago, but he’s quickly becoming a big name in the industry. He had massive success with The Fault in Our Stars, and he’s also writing and directing Warner Bros.’ long-gestating film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. That seems like a hell of a project, and it’s had some huge talent become attached and drop out over the years (including Ben Affleck and David Yates), so if Boone is the one who can ultimately bring it to the screen, it’ll cement him as somebody to keep an eye on.

The Vampire Lestat is expected to be Boone’s follow-up to The Stand, but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

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