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Bryan Fuller is Working On “The Vampire Chronicles” and That’s Great News

For those who maybe missed the big news last year, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 books from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series, of course led by Lestat de Lioncourt. Rice herself has been tapped to executive produce, with son Christopher Rice serving as writer and exec producer.

What’s the latest? In a chat with THR that was published today, Paramount TV president Amy Powell revealed that Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “American Gods”) is on board!

We bought 11 novels as part of the Vampire Chronicles initiative,” Powell told the site. “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.”

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Last we heard, Season 1 will cover The Vampire Lestat, the second book in Rice’s series. Set in 18th century France, the story is told from the point of view of Lestat de Lioncourt, a young man desperate to break free from his life and become an actor in Paris. Of course, he ends up being turned into a vampire by Magnus.

I want to begin right there and follow the adventures of Lestat through the Chronicles,” Rice noted last year.



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  • Nefferson Taveira

    BEST. NEWS. EVER.

  • Bill

    I am okay with this. I would avoid the newer books however. I like Anne Rice but the direction she has taken Lestat and the vampire race is…..odd.

    • Cuesta Verde

      Agreed! I loved the first four books. I only made it halfway through Memnoch The Devil. I tried to pick up the series again with Prince Lestat, but I can’t get into it.

      • Bill

        Yeah I have red them all but her last 3 or so really kind of lost me. Her origin for vampires was fine in the previous books. It didn’t need further complications with Atlantis and aliens. I enjoy Lestat as a character but I feel she kind of forgot the supporting cast along the way. Louis was always my favorite.

        • Cuesta Verde

          Louis is my favorite too!

  • AlsDisciple

    Given Mr. Fuller’s history, what’s the over/under on how far in to the process he get before he departs due to creative differences?

  • J Jett

    ii like Fuller a lot but what’s the point? he will just leave or be forced to leave the show either during season 1 or at the end of season 1. do these producers understand that Fuller will expect a LOT of money to go into this show (which i’m ok with)?

    • Simon Allen

      My dearest heart ….are you having a glass half empty kind of day ?
      Rejoice in the choice !!!! 🙂 .

  • ClarkNova4

    Bryan your true calling is the Hellraiser TV Show and you know it. Sincerely

  • Franmon

    Time to adapt the drinking game! We used to pass the first 2 books around then open to any random page. If the word, “preternatural” appeared then you did a shot. We usually passed out before too long.
    Rice must’ve bought a thesaurus after “Lestat”.

  • Simon Allen

    If this is gonna happen then Fuller is the man to do it justice .
    The source material is crying out to be dripping with style and class and Fuller will be perfect for the job .
    I didn’t mind the Neil Jordan movie so much but Queen of the Damned was a fucking travesty compared to the book .
    Just please don’t fire him after the first season !!!!

  • Necro

    Fuller is great for this! But the problem I have is he never seems to last at anything he gets involved with. Is he that much of an asshole to deal with creatively, or does he demand to much control, or are his co-workers that jealous and want full control? Something goes wrong that’s for sure whatever it may be. Or maybe he’s just that smart and knows how tv works and strategically never makes sure he’s locked in one place for long periods of time. One great idea stick around for a season or two, move on. Well he certainly doesn’t have trouble getting work that’s for sure.

  • DarklingMagick

    Thirteen books if you count the two “New Tales of the vampires” which are set in the same continuity. They were pretty much just called a different title because I think (don’t hold me to this) Anne was under contract to write one vampire chronicle and one other book a year for a few years in the 90s and “New Tales of the vampires” was her way of loopholing that even though they were actually vampire chronicles.

  • VanessaDreadful

    God this could be great. Interview with the Vampire is my all time favorite vampire flick. Sensual, gory, sad, thrilling and beautiful and fun. Please make a tv show in the same spirit.

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