The return of Lestat is near! After ‘Queen of the Damned,’ the not too favorable sequel to ‘An Interview with a Vampire,’ the return of Lestat and his story was left undone. Now THR is reporting that Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s production company, Imagine Entertainment, has optioned the rights to bring Anne Rice’s novel ‘The Tale of the Body Thief’ to the big screen.

Here’s the premise of the book:

“Lestat, depressed and lonely after centuries as a vampire, decides to transfer souls for a day with a psychic, who after the transfer reveals that he has no intention of switching back. Lestat, now in a human body and with the help of some friends, must track the man down and get his body back.”

‘The Tale of the Body Thief’ is the fourth book in the 10 book series of ‘The Vampire Chronicles.’ The first novel, ‘An Interview with a Vampire,’ introduced us to the vampire Lestat and was made into a movie in 1994 which starred Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writers and producers of ‘Star Trek, ‘Fringe,’ ‘Transformers,’ and ‘Cowboys and Aliens,’ will be co-producing with Image Entertainment. So far, they have hired Lee Patterson to write the script.

The novel would actually transfer well on screen and with Kurtzman, Orci and Howard on board, I can already see it will be better than ‘Queen of the Damned.’ The movie is not yet attached to any studio. Once we hear more of the movie’s progress, we’ll let you know!