Is Anne Rice considering writing another Vampire Chronicle? In particular, is she considering writing about Lestat again?
If you read her fan page on Facebook as avidly as I have, then, in all likelihood, this thought has crossed your mind as well. It’s been going on for a while really and it’s all speculation. Anne has verified on numerous occasions that she has no intention of re-entering that part of her writing career.
Then again, posts such as this:
“If you ever picture Lestat, how do you see him? What is he wearing? How do you picture his hair? Do you picture a facial expression, an attitude? Do you see him in a particular setting?”
“The contemporary actor who most embodies my beloved Lestat for me is Anson Mount in “Hell On Wheels.” That’s Lestat peering out from those eyes and with all that long tangled hair. Happy Valentine’s Day to Anson Mount. (Are there any fans of the show who wouldn’t love to see Mr. Bohannon all cleaned up in a black velvet frockcoat with lace at the throat, and shining clean hair?)”
Or even this:
“Happy Valentine’s Day, People of the Page. And Happy Valentine’s Day to Lestat de Lioncourt, my true love. Lestat, I am your Number one fan. No one will ever topple me from that position.”
… Kind of give us the indication that these characters and the worlds they inhabit are not completely gone from her mind.
One can only hope, really.
There have been talks of a new Vampire Chronicles movie in pre-production, but it occurs to me that someone may just be toying with our emotions. It was rumoured at one point that Robert Downey Jr. was to play Lestat – the self-styled ‘hero’ of the chronicles – but not much further has been uncovered in that regard.
A reboot of The Vampire Chronicles would probably be just what we need to remind people of what vampires actually are; monsters with humanity (which occasionally only makes them more monstrous), not sparkly, big-haired forest-folk that climb trees and emotionally abuse their spouses’.