NEIL JORDAN TO DIRECT 'INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE' FOR GEFFEN FILMS, WARNER BROS.
Jordan to Write Screenplay Based on Rice's Script and Novel BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Neil Jordan, director of the acclaimed independent film "The Crying Game" has been signed to direct "Interview With a Vampire," Anne Rice's best-selling story of the supernatural, and to write a screenplay based on Rice's script and novel, it was announced today by David Geffen, who owns rights to the property. Warner Bros. will distribute the Geffen Films production and Stephen Wooley, who produced Jordan's "The Company of Wolves," "Mona Lisa" and "The Crying Game," will produce. "Interview With a Vampire" is the first of Rice's celebrated series of vampire novels to be brought to the motion-picture screen. Geffen, who also owns the rights to Rice's "The Witching Hour" and several of her other works, has spent years developing this project, which he acquired. Geffen was personally involved in obtaining Jordan's screenwriting and directing commitment. "Neil is an extraordinary filmmaker," stated Geffen. "He has the ability to examine the deepest and most unconventional emotions that we feel without making them seem bizarre; he intertwines his characters and his story in a way that enthralls the audience while exploring genuinely new ground. I'm thrilled to be working with him on this project." The film, which deals with the relationship between two vampires, named Lestat and Louis, has not yet been cast, but it is expected that the project will begin production in the first half of this year. Although Jordan is best-known for his celebrated work on such films as "Mona Lisa" and "The Crying Game," he also directed the Gothic thriller "The Company of Wolves." "I knew of Anne Rice's work and felt a great affinity for Interview with a Vampire,'" explained Jordan. "I think it's one of the best pieces of fiction I've read and I've been looking for something that covered this kind of terrain since making The Company of Wolves.' "Anne has written a wonderful script, a novelist's adaptation of her own work; I'll be working on it primarily to strengthen its dramatic spine from a filmmaking standpoint. "David Geffen has basically offered me one of the few opportunities to work comfortably in Hollywood, by giving me the opportunity to write and direct this project. I look forward to working with him." -0- 1/28/93 /CONTACT: Stacy Ivers of Warner Bros., 818-954-6217/
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