Bryan Fuller Joins Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ Series
Bryan Fuller, the producer/creator behind ‘Pushing Daisies’, ‘Hannibal’ and (up until recently) ‘American Gods’ has found himself a new job working on the upcoming adaptation of Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ it has been announced.
For those of you that don’t know the series, ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ consists of 11 books and starts with Louis, an 18th-century French colonial aristocrat, who is turned into the world’s whiniest vampire by the extremely charismatic Lestat. The series continues, mainly focusing on Lestat (I’m sure Louis would whine about that too), as he continues his exploits across the ages. Various attempts have been made to bring ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ to screen, the most successful being in 1994 with an adaption of Rice’s first novel in the series ‘Interview With the Vampire’, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
Christopher Rice, Anne’s son who is writing the series, revealed the news in a Facebook post last night, and it turns out, it’s a job Fuller has been after for some time. “Sometime in the 1980’s, a young teenager from Washington State, who dreamed of working in Hollywood one day, decided it was his destiny to write a film adaptation of a novel called INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE,” says Christopher in the post. “So that teenager did what any resourceful, gifted and determined young person would do in such an instance; he got a copy of the San Francisco phone book and checked to see if the novel’s author had a listed phone number. It turns out she did. To his astonishment, the author, my mother Anne Rice, answered the phone herself when he called, and when this young man declared his intentions to adapt her book for the big screen, she gave him the number of the producer in Hollywood who owned the rights. Naturally, the producer’s response was something along the lines of, ‘You’re too young, kid. Go hone your talent. Maybe someday.’…”
He continues “Today 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, responsible for such an amazing array of shows as HANNIBAL, DEAD LIKE ME and PUSHING DAISIES. Even better, the opportunity he asked for all those years ago has finally arrived.”
This certainly seems like the perfect fit for Fuller… So long as he can keep the gig as he’s not been having much luck lately on that front. He originally worked on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ before being removed due to “creative differences.” He then produced the first season of ‘American Gods’… But left the show due to “creative differences.” I really love Bryan’s work, and when he’s given free reign, produces some incredibly interesting tv shows. Given he’s been a fan of novels for so long, I really hope that Anne, Christopher and Bryan are all on the same page when it comes to this adaptation, and it produces something spectacular.
“For a year now, my mother and I have had the joy of working with creative partners at Paramount Television and Anonymous Content who share our vision for a prestigious, long-form, high quality and high production value television series focusing on the journey of the immortal Lestat as he travels the lengths of the vampire world detailed in The Vampire Chronicles,” Christopher adds in his post. “For months now, we’ve been developing written material that focuses Lestat’s story for television while also delivering on the promises Mom made to her fans last year when she first announced her intentions for the show. We’re confident this material will garner more exciting announcements in the months ahead.”
Along with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ Fuller is also working on a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories’ anthology series as an original content show for Apple.
No news on when or where ‘The Vampire Chronicles‘ is likely to appear, but it’s being developed with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. We’ll let you know more as we get it.