A film adaptation of Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief was just recently announced. The film follows Rice’s most famous character, Lestat, as he trades bodies with a psychic, who then runs off, leaving Lestat mortal.
I absolutely loved the Vampire Chronicles in high school, and I read them all feverishly. The Tale of the Body Thief is, in my opinion, one of the best of the series, as it is a mostly self contained story. Sure, you will enjoy it a heck of a lot more if you read the first few books first, as you’ll understand Lestat a lot better, but nonetheless, it’s a really great read.
The basic premise is that Lestat is bored with being a vampire. He wants a new adventure, and like most vampires, he romanticizes being human again. The weakness and frailty of mortality is a lure for pretty much all of Anne Rice’s vampires, and Lestat is more brash than most. One trick he has mastered over the years is the ability to have out of body experiences. Essentially how it works is your soul leaves your body and you can go where ever you want while your body lays lifeless. He comes across one of the rare humans who also knows this trick, and the man offers Lestat the chance to temporarily switch bodies. The man wants to know what it’s like to be a vampire, and Lestat will have the opportunity to experience things again as a mortal. Win win.
The two switch bodies, and Lestat quickly sees how awful being mortal really is. But, uh oh, when the time and place comes for them to switch back, the man in Lestat’s body doesn’t show up!
Now Lestat, who is getting no help from his vampire friends, must hunt down the man and figure out a way to force his soul outside of his body. This is no easy task, as the man is now one of the most powerful immortals on the planet, and wants to keep it that way.
The Tale of the Body Thief doesn’t have a writer or director attached yet, but Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing.
No casting news yet. Tom Cruise and Stuart have played Lestat in previous films.
It’s a really interesting story with Lestat, who is a fascinating character. Anne Rice, while no Hemingway, is a very talented writer who does her research before writing a book, and it really shows in the depth the worlds she creates.
Too few details at present. Also, The Queen of the Damned was a turd.
The fate of The Tale of the Body Thief is really up for grabs at present. It depends so heavily on the writer, director and the casting of Lestat. Tom Cruise did a fantastic job in Interview with the Vampire, and Stuart Townsend could have been decent if The Queen of the Damned wasn’t so poorly written, but Lestat really has to be magnetic for this to work, and there needs to be 2 actors to inhabit this magnetism, as both the vampire version and the human version must possess the same impressive charisma.