Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles Coming To The Small Screen
Rice’s son Christopher broke the news Tuesday, sharing a story of a young man who had tracked Anne Rice down in the phonebook in the 80's and told her he wanted to adapt Interview With The Vampire for the big screen, only to be turned down by Hollywood’s biggest producers. “Today,” Christopher wrote, “I’m thrilled to inform you that the young man of which I speak is Bryan Fuller, who grew up to be one of television’s most innovative creative forces…Even better, the opportunity he asked for all those years ago has finally arrived.”
The Vampire Chronicles follows Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman turned vampire, most notably portrayed by Tom Cruise in the 1994 (Fuller-less) film adaptation of Interview With The Vampire, the first book of the series. The 2002 movie Queen Of The Damned combined plot elements from the second and third books, The Vampire Lestat and The Queen Of The Damned.
Bryan Fuller To Join Paramount Television And Anonymous Content
Fuller will be teaming up with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content for the new television series.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount TV head Amy Powell confirmed the news: “We bought 11 novels as part of the Vampire Chronicles initiative. 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 is currently working on the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery, but is probably most known for his work Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, and more recently Hannibal (which I almost wasn’t even going to mention, because I am still grieving that particular loss). Considering his repertoire, The Vampire Chronicles seems to be right in his wheelhouse, with his unmatched knack for pushing boundaries and making the macabre beautiful. I’m personally looking forward to the adaptation, however, I have two conditions:
- Dear Whatever Network Chooses To Pick Up This Series, Don’t cancel it.
- Dear Bryan Fuller, Don’t leave it.