Yesterday, Universal quietly dropped the news that they had acquired the Anne Rice Lestat franchise (yeah, the whole thing). Hmmmm....
I've written about Interview with the Vampire. In 1994, David Geffen made Interview with the Vampire. Geffen was the most powerful gay in all media (he still is, really). Being the most powerful gay in all media allowed him to get Neil Jordan and Stan Winston and Brad Pitt/Tom Cruise, as well as $90MM behind what is unquestionably the gayest horror franchise in history.
Now it's being made by four straight men (two of whom have neglected to include a single queer character in any one of their multiple picture franchises) and a lady studio exec. Hmmmm....
While I try to stay on the side of love and light, this news has me more anxious than I was when all that Prop 8 business was going on. While it's been 20 years since Tom fell in love with Brad, I don't believe for a second that a major studio would be willing to finance a 10 picture franchise around gay vampires.
Get money, Anne. Get paid, Christopher. I'm not mad at you, I'm mad at the dirt.
Now you'll have to excuse me, I'm going to lie down and listen to "The Art of Letting Go" on repeat.