Famed TV producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Dead Like Me”) is confirmed to be working on a pilot for the new TV series based on Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” novels for Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.
The studio optioned all eleven books in the series last year with Rice serving as executive producer and Christopher Rice serving as the show’s main writer and showrunner. Then, earlier today, Paramount TV president Amy Powell revealed that Fuller has become attached saying: “Bryan Fuller is working with Anne Rice and Chris, who are writing the pilot. We are hoping he chooses to stay on and potentially showrun.”
That has been followed up by a posting on Facebook by Christopher Rice about Fuller’s joining the project saying he has “become a member of the creative family working to bring the story of the vampire Lestat to television”. Writing on the series has been going on for months now, and the young Rice relayed a story about how a teenage Fuller called his mother at her house years ago to discuss his desire to adapt her work.
The books center around 18th century French nobleman Lestat de Lioncourt who becomes a vampire. The first book was previously adapted into the acclaimed 1994 Neil Jordan film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt which became a massive box-office success.
Parts of the second book “The Vampire Lestat” and the third “Queen of the Damned” were combined into the less well-received 2002 film “Queen of the Damned” starring Stuart Townsend and the late Aaliyah. A fourth film based on “The Tale of the Body Thief” was in development at one point but didn’t come together.
Fuller has been more famous of late for leaving shows than staying with them – his commitments to “American Gods” and creative disagreements led to his exit from CBS & Netflix’s “Star Trek Discovery” before it properly began production. He recently left Starz’s “American Gods” after one season as showrunner, and has been attached to Apple’s “Amazing Stories” reboot which has seemingly yet to progress much.
That said the beloved producer is a perfect fit for the material in this case. Paramount and Anonymous launch another highly anticipated series adaptation of an acclaimed novel, TNT’s “The Alienist,” later this month.