Now that Lions for Lambs has pretty much officially bombed, Tom Cruise is once again on the prowl for some way to successfully re-establish his commercial and critical reputation. What better way to win people back than to return to one of his most respected roles from the mid-90’s, the part of vampire Lestat from Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire?
There are rumours swirling that Cruise’s production company United Artists are in talks to obtain the rights for the 4th book in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, The Tale of the Body Thief. While it has not been explicitly stated that the movie would be a vehicle for Cruise to star in, it does seem to be the most likely option. But will he be able to erase the memory of the horribly received Queen of the Damned, based on the 3rd book in the series? That movie starred Stuart Townsend as Lestat, but of course, it was also directed by Michael Rymer as opposed to Neil Jordan. I have to give Cruise credit for being a smart businessman… this sounds like it could be a good move for him. However, much like Interview with the Vampire, I think a lot will depend on the cast members that he is able to surround himself with. Will this be the movie that brings Tom Cruise back into public favour? Or will it be Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie?