It’s been rumoured for a few years now that Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles might be heading back to the big screen in some way, shape or form. Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire was a pretty big hit back in 1994, and although Queen of the Damned didn’t fare nearly as well, we all know that vampires are selling right now and it’s best to strike while the iron is hot. At one point, Tom Cruise’s production company was sniffing out the rights to the fourth book in the series, The Tale of the Body Thief, but now Bloody Disgusting tells us that Universal Pictures wants to “restart” the franchise instead. What’s more, apparently Robert Downey Jr. is interested in taking over Tom Cruise’s role as Lestat Du Lioncort!
It has been confirmed that RDJ is in advanced talks for the role, and while he hasn’t signed on the dotted line yet, things are looking pretty good. Let’s face it, Robert Downey Jr. is a very reliable name to base any franchise on nowadays, and I’m sure he would be great for the role. He can attract both fanboys and fangirls alike, but is he suffering from overexposure right now? I guess it depends on when exactly they want this movie to come out. Perhaps the bigger issue is whether or not the fans want a reboot of this series. Interview with the Vampire has quite a few fans, and to simply pretend it doesn’t exist could upset some people. Then again, I’m not sure they have many other options after the whole Queen of the Damned debacle, plus Tom Cruise isn’t exactly the box office guarantee he used to be. What do you think? Should they restart The Vampire Chronicles again from scratch? And will there be a Robert Downey Jr. backlash anytime soon?