Due to the new vampire craze sparked by "True Blood" on TV and the "Twilight" movies, movie studios are considering going back to earlier history of the famed vampire Lestat from the Rice books
On one hand, I would be excited about that. I always wanted them to make 'The Vampire Lestat' into a movie. It's certainly more manageable than 'The Queen of the Damned' was, because it doesn't cover so much time, or have a million different viewpoints. It's pretty straightforward:
Lestat, the son of an impoverished French aristocrat, moves to Paris to become an actor with his best friend/lover Nicolas. He attracts the attentions of a crazed old vampire, who turns Lestat into a vampire against his will and then kills himself. Lestat learns about and struggles with his immortality, but is pretty okay with it. The local coven isn't pleased with Lestat's general flaunting of and reveling in of his vampirism. Lestat wants to learn all the things about vampires his maker never told him. He tries to learn from Armand (WHO IS MY FAVORITE FOR EVER AND ALSO BEAUTIFUL, 17 AND AUBURN HAIRED. DNW ANTONIO!!) and his self-flaggelating coven, but rejects their dreary idea of immortality and sets out on a quest to find answers. He finds Marius (Who is also awesome, and has long bleach blond hair, not a crew cut dude from QoD movie!!) and Those Who Must Be Kept aka the original Vampires. The Queen lets him drink, making him super powerful. Marius leaves him. Most of that last bit was incorperated into the QoD movie now that I think about it. Then all the stuff from interview happens, then back to the present for the whole Vampire Lestat vampire Rock Star thing. (I think he would be like Adam Lambert now? LOL LOL LOL)
So anyway. Much more doable. I mean, they managed to make it into a musical, right? (WHICH WAS AWESOME AND ALSO GAY.)
Which is why I'm worried. Because well...
1) The Queen of the Damned movie SUCKED. It was a terrible movie, even if you take it as an original movie rather than a book adaptation. It was just SO BAD.
2) The QoD movie also totally made Lestat straight (Lestat/Louis OTP forever!!!), and changed Jesse into his girlfriend. (Who tbh always seemed to kind of lesbian to me.)
3) Now, I personally was obsessed with the Vampire Chronicles when I was 13. But they are very different than Twilight. And I would be worried they would try to change it to be more Twilight-y. (See #2)
I'm torn. I mean. Lestat is my favorite hero of fiction, to use that phrase from the Proust Questionnaire. Lestat is awesome. And I would love to see a movie that got The Brat Prince right. (Also Armand, but hey, I will be satisfied with getting the main character right at this point.) Because I mean...Interview was good, but...the Lestat of Interview with the Vampire is very different from the glamorous, irreverent, playful, passionate Lestat of the rest of the series.
So I would love to see a GOOD movie made. But the potential for suckage is just so HUGE, it worries me.
(Which, actually Tale of the Body Thief, which was my fav for a long time, would made a movie really easily. It's the most linear and clear cut of all the books: Lestat meets (well is stalked by) a guy who can switch bodies. Lestat and the guy switch bodies for a week, the guy runs away with Lestat's body, Lestat has to find him, while in the guy's human body.)