As early as 2007, there were rumors of Hollywood looking to make this movie. It was only a matter of time. The previous three books were already available to buy on DVD.
The movie adaptation of The Tale of the Body Thief has finally been given the green light.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's company Imagine Entertainment have bought the rights. They are the people behind The Da Vinci Code, Flightplan, A Beautiful Mind and Katy Perry: Part of Me, amongst many others.
However excitement will be tempered with dismay for Anne Rice fans, when it's noted that she will not be writing the screenplay. That job has been handed to Lee Patterson, of the Imagine Reliance Writers Lab.
It's hardly surprising in context though. In 2010, Imagine Entertainment joined forces with Reliance Big Entertainment to launch their screen-writing subsidiary. They employ ten writers to create all of their scripts, in order to cut down the time spent in 'development Hell'.
Patterson's screenplay will be refined by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. They are the writer-producer team, who were responsible for The Transformers and Star Trek movies. They also created the television show Fringe.
The silver lining here is that The Tale of the Body Thief is almost guaranteed to be filmed. Ron Howard revealed at the launch of the writers' lab that he'd be cutting down on buying rights for movies, which wouldn't be made.
However, at the time of writing, only the film's executive team has been put into place. Ron Howard will direct. Karen Kehala-Sherwood and Erica Huggins, from Imagine, are the executive producers.
The movie is not yet linked with any studio and we're a long way from casting.