Bryan Fuller is working alongside Anne Rice and her son Christopher on a TV show adaptation of Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Paramount bought the rights to 11 of Rice’s novels in the series as part of what they are calling the Vampire Chronicles Initiative. Both Rice and her son, who is also writing the series, will serve as executive producers.
The Vampire Chronicles revolve around the character of Lestat de Lioncourt, a vain yet charming French nobleman who is turned into a vampire in the 18th century. The first, and most well known book of the series, Interview With the Vampire, introduces Lestat through the eyes of Louis de Pointe du Lac, his sometimes rival and companion. In 1994, the book was adapted into a film starring Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as Louis, and Kirsten Dunst as their young vampire daughter Claudia. The film earned Dunst a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2002, the third book in the series, The Queen of the Damned was also turned into a film, this time starring Stuart Townsend as the vampire Lestat. This movie was not as well received as the first.
Now, after regaining the rights to the series, Rice is set to bring The Vampire Chronicles to the small screen. In an interview with THR, Paramount President Amy Powell said that Rice and her son have been joined by Bryan Fuller on the pilot. She also expressed her hopes that Fuller would stay on to serve as the series’ showrunner. This comes shortly after the announcement of Fuller’s departure from American Gods, the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel.
Besides American Gods, Fuller has created shows such as Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, and Star Trek: Discovery (which he also left). Fuller is known for his visual style. He mixes the macabre with bright colors and makes violence almost beautiful. He even helped add an entirely new depth to the classic villain of Hannibal Lecter. With Fuller’s romanticism of blood and ability to create complex and deliciously evil characters, there is no one better suited to help Rice bring her rich gothic horror to life. Just imagine the same sexual tension that existed between Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) in a portrayal of Louis and Lestat.
Fuller’s involvement in American Gods (alongside co-showrunner and executive producer Michael Green) helped elevate the books into a kind of series rarely seen on television. Hopefully he will not just help with the pilot, but will stay with The Vampire Chronicles to help shape the rest of the series.