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Universal Stakes Claim to Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles'

For good or bad, Anne Rice deserves much of the credit for the way vampires have been depicted in popular culture for the past four decades, up to and including The Vampire Diaries and Twilight. Her 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire not only cemented the image of the bloodsuckers as tragic, romantic figures, it birthed no fewer than 10 sequels -- known collectively as The Vampire Chronicles -- and spawned countless imitators.

The series also inspired two film adaptations, the more successful being 1994's Interview with a Vampire, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. And now, 20 years later, Universal Pictures is aiming to bring Rice's creations to the screen again.

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