TV has been a sad place for vampires lately, with The Vampire Diaries and The Originals both coming to a close on The CW and Midnight, Texas failing to take a bite out of audiences like NBC expected. That could all change soon though, since Bryan Fuller is currently developing Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles for Paramount TV.
Most people are familiar with the film Interview with the Vampire, but you may be surprised to hear that the book it’s based off of is actually one of 12 novels set in the world of Lestat and Louis.
“We bought 11 novels as part of the Vampire Chronicles initiative,” Paramount TV president Amy Powell told The Hollywood Reporter. “Bryan Fuller is working with Anne Rice and [her son] Chris, who are writing the pilot. We are hoping he chooses to stay on and potentially showrun.”
Fuller’s attachment was also announced on The Vampire Chronicles‘ Facebook page, in which Chris Rice, Anne’s son, tells a story about a young Fuller cold-calling Anne Rice as a teenager and telling her he would adapt her books one day.
Bryan Fuller is uniquely suited to help spearhead this project given his experience in writing and creating high-concept genre TV like American Gods (which he has now exited) and Hannibal. As a result, we wouldn’t likely be getting the romanticized, cookie-cutter vampires we’ve become accustomed to in the age of Twilight and TVD. The pilot he’s working would definitely lean more towards the gothic and gore worthy of Anne Rice’s original novels.
Threre’s no news yet on when this pilot would be ordered to series, but if Bryan Fuller agrees to sign on as showrunner, it’s pretty hard to imagine a world in which the project wouldn’t at least get a short season order to show what it can do.