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.”
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.