“The Vampire Chronicles” written by Anne Rice was in the eye of the critics ever since it`s debut back in 1976 but it wasn`t until 1992 that a project was launched for the screen adaptation.
In 1994 the world was stunned by the release of “Interview with a vampire” and the movie amazed not only with the scale of the production but also with the amazing cast and crew.
The reason why it took so long for Louis, Lestat, Claudia & Co. to hit the grand screens is because Anne Rice had originally sold the rights to Paramount Pictures and the company didn`t take any actions for more than 10 years.
Warner Brothers eventually purchased them after the original contract expired and they opted to keep Anne Rice on board to give her approval on the scenario and various other small details.
Producer David Geffen declared that he paid $500.000 for exclusivity.
Things started to take shape after Neil Jordan accepted to direct it and ended up lending a hand in the adaptation of the novel as well.
Up to date the book sold over 9 million copies and the whole series gathered an impressive 85 millions.
The movie received 36 total nominations and won 18 awards [2 were Oscars].
The actual start of the shooting was delayed because:
– the actor that was supposed to play Daniel Molloy [River Phoenix] died as a result of a drug overdose and he was replaced by Christian Slater.
NOTE: Christian donated part of his pay to River`s favorite charity foundations and the movies itself was dedicated to him.
– Anne Rice didn`t approve of Tom Cruise at first because she wanted Lestat to be played by Julian Sands. The producer insisted on Cruise because Sands wasn`t such a known actor at that time.
Significant differences between the movie and the novel:
1. Louis isn`t grieving after his brother but after his young wife and newborn chield.
2. In the novel Lestat returns from the swamps with the aide of a new vampire – created just for this purpose, but in the movie this other one is mentioned at the end, as the vampire that takes care of Lestat while he is in New Orleans.
3. In the movie Lestat isn`t involved in the punishment and death of Claudia and her “mother” Madeleine.
4. A couple of characters are omitted from he movie:
– the blind father of Lestat who lived with the two vampires on Louis`s farm
– the Freniere family, who they take refuge with once they are forced to flee from the farm [in the movie we find them in a cemetery]
5. The movie skips over a few chapters and doesn`t show Louis and Claudia travelling all over Europe in their search for other vampires.
6. The novel ends with Daniel leaving for Lestat`s house, but the end of the movie shows the vampire jumping him in his car as he replays the tapes with the interview.
* Tom Cruise – Lestat de Lioncourt
* Brad Pitt – Louis de Pointe du Lac
* Antonio Banderas – Armand
* Kirsten Dunst – Claudia
* Christian Slater – Daniel Molloy
* Stephen Rea – Santiago
The Role for Lestat was also offered to Johnny Deep and Jeremy Irons but the latter refused it because it would have needed a minimum of 3h per day spent in the make-up unit for preparations.
Thandie Newton, the young servant in Louis`s manor, starred along side Cruise in “Mission Impossible 2” and had the lead female role.
The movie was the jumpstart for Kirsten Dunsts career.
As the movie rights have been recently made available, Anne Rice has announce that the family has procured them and they will embark on an eagerly awaited journey to produce a TV series based on the 12 novels series.
With novel no. 12 being recently released it looks like busy times on the horizon for all vampire fans
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