Transformers 2, Star Trek Into Darkness Writers to Reboot Vampire Chronicles

Transformers 2, Star Trek Into Darkness Writers to Reboot Vampire Chronicles

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Universal and Brian Grazer tap duo to take up the reins of the long-running franchise

Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles books have sold millions of copies worldwide for decades and inspired a passionate fan following, but they've only been translated successfully to the screen once as Interview With the Vampire.

Now, Universal Pictures and Brian Grazer are looking to Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the writing/producing duo behind Michael Bay's Transformers movies, JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot and Sony's Amazing Spider-Man series, to bring Lestat and the gang back from the (un)dead; striking a big deal for the film rights to all past and future novels in the long-running series that follows a succession of vampire characters and their associates through centuries of romance, intrigue and betrayal. Orci and Kurtzman will produce the series, with writers, directors and projects to be announced later.

The deal does not appear to include the rights to Rice's other work, which includes fairytale-themed erotica and a yet-uncompleted trilogy about the life of Christ. While Interview was the only Rice adaptation to make a noteworthy box-office impact, a failed psuedo-sequel Queen of The Damned was also produced, along with the BDSM/buddy-cop comedy Exit to Eden. A feature adaptation of Christ The Lord: Out of Egypt is also said to be in production.

Source: The Wrap

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...and suddenly all of Into Darkness's problems make so much sense. Seriously, with a track record that bad, I do not see why any studio would hire them. I get the megacorps are near blind, but even they must realise the horrible reputation these guys have. This is nearing EA levels of ignorance. I haven't read or even heard of those books until now, but I despair for their fans.

Oh, jeeze.

Used to be a pretty devoted Rice fan myself, until she turned Christian. Even then, her last few works in the Chronicles were fairly weak and barely qualified as fanfiction. The fact that Orci and Kurtzmann are involved just furthers my impression that the franchise as a whole would be better off dead - no pun intended.

As far as vampires are concerned, honestly, I'd say True Blood is making a better job at creating convincing characters than anything Rice put forward.

Yay another reboot. An to think they could have said they were making a movie based on the vamp chronicles. Reboot means remaking cos the last version sucked. An how many people even remember the old movies? Should have just advertised these as a new movie - reboot just makes everyone think the old movie was shit to be made better.

Gearhead mk2:
...and suddenly all of Into Darkness's problems make so much sense. Seriously, with a track record that bad, I do not see why any studio would hire them. I get the megacorps are near blind, but even they must realise the horrible reputation these guys have. This is nearing EA levels of ignorance. I haven't read or even heard of those books until now, but I despair for their fans.

The studios rightly do not care if the films are considered good or not they care about if they make money and all 3 of those franchises make lots and lots of money. The worst performing is the first Star Trek reboot $385.7 million making it the 201st highest grossing film of all time (not taking inflation into account).

Why wouldn't they hire them? because some people on a forum complain? who cares as long as people go and see them which they continue to do.

Interview with the vampire is a spectacular movie and it would take masterful hands to improve upon it in any way other than making it fit better with the surrounding book series. And beating a cast like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst would take a miracle.

That said, while I enjoyed Queen of the Damned as a guilty pleasure, there was plenty their to be improved upon. Given that I was a highschooler when it came out, I thought that the Korn soundtrack was awesome. I am surprised that the article did not mention that this was Aaliyah's final film, due to her tragic death. Given how quickly she was rising at the time, I still wonder what would have happened if her career had not been cut of at 22 years old. I think that the film was destined to do poorly before factoring in anything else due to the simple fact that they were not able to get Tom Cruise to come back to play Lestat.

All of this said, I should say that I have hated all of the output from Kurtzman and Orci so far, so I doubt that I will be watching this regardless. I have been burned after giving them the benefit of the doubt too many times.

How do these shallow talent less derivative writers keep getting work? Who thinks that they are the ideal choice for all these big budget pop culture movies? did they sign that same deal with the devil that seems to keep Michael Bay among us?

No.
No no no no no.
Just.. stop. Put it down. Back the heck away.

The books don't need to be made into more movies. Come up with some original ideas for once, or at least stop adapting everything left right and center.

And mostly, with those track records, these people need to not be anywhere near a movie script ever again.

Really loaded title. I'd accuse it of showing bias as to how bad Moviebob dislikes this idea, but then I reread the title and went "Nope that's actually just listing fact. THIS IS GOING TO SUCK."

Really loaded title. I'd accuse it of showing bias as to how bad Moviebob dislikes this idea, but then I reread the title and went "Nope that's actually just listing fact. THIS IS GOING TO SUCK."

I really REALLY want Anne Rice to look them up on the internet, read about them, and what others are saying about them all, and then go...NOPE! and take the rights away. Please Anne, do all your fans a favor and don't be the next victim in their crap.

Why would you want this guy as a writer considering his résumé is less than...amazing.
As much as I want to see this series rebooted, I have zero faith starting out right now.

ultratog1028:
THIS IS GOING TO SUCK."

I see what you did there, and yes, yes it will. All the grimdark angstyness of the original films, though oddly appropriate to the plot, will be replaced by popcorn flashbang of a Blade Trinity. I bet the trailers will be beautiful, but the movies, not so much.

Both the first movie and the 3 initial novels of the series were good. That makes me cringe about what pandering twilight-esque crap they will make out of Rice's stuff. However the books and movies after those initial novels and movie were terrible so that makes me somewhat ambivalent about this reboot.

SonOfVoorhees:
Yay another reboot. An to think they could have said they were making a movie based on the vamp chronicles. Reboot means remaking cos the last version sucked. An how many people even remember the old movies? Should have just advertised these as a new movie - reboot just makes everyone think the old movie was shit to be made better.

Yeah... just say they're giving the material another go.

And umm... why the hell did they think the idiots behind the Transformers and Into Darkness were the right people for the job?

Seriously? Who the hell would think that?

Ugh... this is going to be World War Z all over again, isn't it?

Its sad when the only good thing I can say about this article is that "at least they aren't being allowed to write it yet". I really wish Hollywood would look at more then just the dollar signs that these guys produce and look at the quality, but since Hollywood has gone pure profit driven I doubt that will happen in the near future.

Now the question is how are they going to cram a "truther" scenario into a Chronicles movie?

Cool. I've always thought "you know what cinema needs? More vampires. You just never see vampires anywhere in Hollywood these days."

faefrost:
How do these shallow talent less derivative writers keep getting work? Who thinks that they are the ideal choice for all these big budget pop culture movies? did they sign that same deal with the devil that seems to keep Michael Bay among us?

The movies they're in make a lot of money?

Lestat is AWESOME.....and the first book is written from Louis's depressed perspective. I loved the second and 3rd books in the series the most....and disliked the first. That being said the movie (first one) was quite good...with a freaking AWESOME cast...which I don't think you can beat. Honestly they did a great job...had a great soundtrack and over all made me enjoy the movie more then the first book.

I was SO dissapointed by Queen of the damned. I didn't care about not having tom cruise as Lestat (honestly I woulda like a taller, more masculine, stronger actor for that part), but it just didn't dot he book justice at all.

I would like to see the second and 3rd book redone...but there is absolutely NO reason to redo the first book. NONE. It's seriously crazy to even try and compete against tom cruise, brad pit, antonio banderous etc.....you are just not going to do a better job..so why try?

Just start with the second book, and do a sequal (The third book) and leave it at that. Nothing after the third book is movie worthy in my opinion.......and the first book has already been done so well improving on it is almost impossible.

I'd rather see a (non-porn) version of Anita Blake vampire hunter books (The early ones) instead to be honest. Loved those early on.

Or better yet, make the Dresden Files into movies (not the TV series that was released on showtime, but full 2 hour movies)...I'd watch one of those every year in a second.

If your gonna do an anne rice series, do her taming of sleeping beauty series so people who watch/read 50 shades of grey can see what came first.

No! Leave Lestat alone! You'll only ruin it!

I've only read the first three of Anne Rice's books, but there's no way I'd condemn the series to Hollywood hell.

Zachary Amaranth:
Cool. I've always thought "you know what cinema needs? More vampires. You just never see vampires anywhere in Hollywood these days."

I actually had to do a double take when I read this. Then I realized how little I saw the vampires of today in the same light as the vampires of old. Except for Eli maybe.

So, we're running vampires completely into the ground, yes? As if Twilight didn't do enough damage, now we're going to drag a classic modern vampire series through the mud?

For the sake of fairness, I decided to look up what movies both of these writers have written or co-written.

2005-The Island; The Legend of Zorro

2006-Mission Impossible III

2007-Transformers

2009-Watchmen(uncredited script polish); Star Trek; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

2011- Cowboys & Aliens

2012- People Like Us

2013- Star Trek: Into Darkness; Now You See Me

2014- Amazing Spider-Man 2

In conclusion...yeah, "rocky" is being generous to describe their past writing attempts.

Also, this has very little chance of actually happening, since they said in April that they will no longer work together for cinematic releases.

MovieBob please use your vast power in the industry to change the writer to someone who mostly sticks to the books. Most successful movie adaptations stick to the books story. And as a fan of the series I would prefer it.

But seriously before I read the comments I thought I would be the only one to thing that this is a bad idea. This was a pleasant surprise.

Faith in humanity restored - for now :)

Oh dear.

Interview with a Vampire blew my mind when I first read it as a teenager, although the whole concept lost a lot of novelty in the sequels (Vampire Lestat barely managed to hold my attention and I never finished Queen of the Damned).

Likewise, I really love the Interview film and I do think it's about the best job anyone could reasonably do of bringing that book to screen (leaving aside the slightly weird shot of someone being sliced in half). The Queen of the Damned film has a fun soundtrack and pretty much no other redeeming features.

So yeah, I don't think I'll be going to see this.

For gawd sake, leave it alone! Can't they adapt something that could actually use an update?

 

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