Anne Rice’s announcement of her upcoming new series, Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles came with great excitement to the authors many fans. The question on everyone’s mind is if Tom Cruise will get revived as well when the movie adaptation of Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat evolves.
Anne Rice became a household name when the New Orleans born authors’ first vampire novel, Interview With a Vampire, became a movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. The film was released in 1994, eighteen years after the book was published. The publication had its own revival in the 80’s when the series re-emerged with a loyal following. Interview was so close to the authors heart that Rice maintained creative control over the script for the film version.
Christopher Rice, Rice’s son, hosted a comedic show called The Dinner Show where Rice said, “No other character is real to me as Lestat.” The author added that it would be the first in a series of five. The chronicles are to continue Lestat’s tale exploring how the vampire is coping with all that has happened and how the famed character “is dealing with demands from all sides that he step forward and become the leader of the tribe.” The news was also released when Rice attended a sales conference last week.
The first book, Prince Lestat, is scheduled for release October 28. Alfred A. Knopf, Rice’s publisher, said that Rice’s entire collection of ten books in the first vampire chronicles sold over 20 million copies in the U.S. alone. This will also mark the first vampire story Rice has released since 2003, when the author finished the series with the novel, Blood Canticle. It was unsure if Rice would ever write another vampire tale again, let alone revive Lestat and possibly Tom Cruise’s vampire career? If Cruise decides to play Lestat in the guaranteed film version, will War Z actor Pitt, do the same? It has been 20 years since Cruise and Pitt played alongside each other in Rice’s captivating tale that began in a New Orleans setting. Something the directors will have to keep in mind is if the public would want to see Tom Cruise play Lestat again.
After Cruise had that “OMG!” moment on Oprah, where the actor jumped up and down on the television moguls sofa, people were wondering if the actor was actually loosing his marbles on national TV. Cruise did make a comeback from that loss-from-reality moment and with Rice’s vampire revival, Cruise might just stay on top a little longer when it comes to box office numbers.
Anne Rice was skeptical at first when the author was told Tom Cruise was up for the role of Rice’s beloved vampire, Lestat. All concerns vanished when the author was shown cuts of Interview With a Vampire, including scenes of Cruise as Lestat. The definite book buzz around Rice’s release of Prince Lestat, the first in a new vampire chronicle series featuring four other novels, has already sparked conversation about the books film version.
All in all the film version has years to go before seeing the light of day, meanwhile Rice’s novel is just around the corner. Certainly many fans will be digging up old copies of Interview to get refreshed for the revival of Anne Rice’s most famous vampire, Lestat, and in doing so maybe revive Tom Cruise back to hot vampire status as well.
Opinion by Derik L. Bradshaw