Some sad news. The horrific rumor that Robert Downey Jr. might be playing a vampire in The Vampire Chronicles, the sequel to Anne Rice’s An Interview with a Vampire, has just been given a bit of credibility by Rice herself.
Although she does not have an insider information on the production of the possible reboot or Downey’s involvement she did approve of the casting and would like to see her book made into a movie during this whole vampire craze.
Here is what she said according to the BSC…
I can say without hesitation that I love Robert Downey Jr. and I think he would make a fabulous Vampire Lestat. He is a major actor, a powerhouse of talent and personality, and he evinces an irrepressible and seductive charm. He would bring great energy and skill to the role. I would love to see this happen… Some are saying he is too old to play the part. This is absolutely not true. He is quite youthful. Besides, Lestat is a man when he is made into a vampire. A twenty year old man in the 18th century is the equivalent of an older man today. Age just shouldn’t be an issue here, not with an actor of this scope and charisma. – I’m thrilled at the prospect that this rumor might be true.
Yes RDJ can do anything, but can we please not test the theory because you want your movie made?
The next question is, who has the rights the make the movie and can they make it? According to Rice, she’s still owed money before anything gets off the ground!
The rights were controlled by one studio for a very long time; and though there was constant interest, that one studio controlled whether or not something got made. The rights are no longer with that studio. And my agents are working diligently on the new possibilities.
As much as I would gladly take RDJ as Lestat over the Twilight series, I still think it won’t come off the right way. people are already getting weary of vampires and we still have a number of other films out there like Thrist, The Vampire’s Assistant, Daybreakers, and “True Blood” all on plates.
Rice still seems eager to have her work join the group…
I have often wondered why so few movies have been made from my work. I think the problem lies in the fact that I wrote rather long series of books. If a studio buys one of a series, that studio wants to tie up the whole series. It is a built in problem. – I can’t complain.
Although this film is far from on it’s way, it’s still moving along and that’s too much for me.
What do you think about The Vampire Chronicles being made?