vampire chroniclesIn case you haven't heard, vampires are cool again. They're haunting art houses in movies like "Only Lovers Left Alive" and the upcoming Iranian film "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," not to mention "True Blood." Now Universal is getting into the fang-bangin' game with its acquisition of Anne Rice's series of novels, "The Vampire Chronicles." The deal encompasses everything from 1976's "Interview with the Vampire" and Christopher Rice's screenplay for "Tale of the Body Thief," to any future fang-tastic novels Rice might pen.

Although Rice had given up on vampires for a while, she's back in the bloody saddle again with "Prince Lestat," which is coming out just in time for Halloween. It will also be a handy way to jumpstart Rice's momentum. For a lot of us, Anne Rice is the O.G. author of the modern vampire novel, but she's also written about witches, werewolves, and even seraphim. She's also had some ups and downs with religion, which led to several novels with Christian themes that left her original audience looking elsewhere for their fix.

Rice's novels "Interview with the Vampire" and "Queen of the Damned" have already been adapted for the big screen. The former was a lush affair directed by Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise as the eternally sexy Lestat, Brad Pitt as his equally undead and beautiful companion Louis, and Kirsten Dunst as an adorable baby vampire. The latter was a more modern affair starring the late Aaliyah as Queen Akasha and Stuart Townsend as Lestat. It stands to reason that they'd want to at least reboot "Interview" to start the new franchise off with a bite. "Star Trek" dudes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board to produce.

[via The Wrap]

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