A TV series based on Anne Rice’s popular Vampire Chronicles novels has taken a step closer to the screen, with Bryan Fuller signing on to develop the series.
Christopher Rice, son of author Anne, made the announcement on the official Vampire Chronicles Facebook page, revealing that adapting the books has been a long-held ambition of Fuller’s.
“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 Vampire,” the post reads.
“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’.”
“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.”
The rights to The Vampire Chronicles were sold last year, with the TV adaptation having been in the works since April. Christopher Rice called Fuller “a perfect addition to our creative team” in his statement.
The Vampire Chronicles series follows the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt and previously served as the inspiration for two movies: 1994’s Interview with the Vampire and 2002’s Queen of the Damned, with Tom Cruise and Stuart Townsend playing Lestat respectively.
The TV adaptation is Fuller’s first project since he departed Starz’s American Gods in November.
He also developed Star Trek: Discovery for CBS All Access, but again exited the series before it launched.
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