Anne Rice’s fourth Lestat book in development

Author Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief, the fourth book in her best-selling series The Vampire Chronicles, has been optioned by Imagine Entertainment and producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers).

The book features the vampire Lestat, who was played by Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible) in Neil Jordan’s 1994 film Interview with the Vampire, which also starred Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Christian Slater (True Romance) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man). He was also portrayed by Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) in 2002’s Queen of the Damned, which co-starred the late R&B singer Aaliyah.

In The Tale of the Body Thief, Lestat has grown depressed and lonely after being a vampire for centuries and he decides to transfer souls with a psychic for a day. However, after the swap, the psychic reveals that he has no intention of switching back. So Lestat, who is now trapped in human form, has to track the man down with the help of some friends and get his own body back.

The film is currently in the early stages of development, with Lee Patterson writing the script for the adaptation.