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Bryan Fuller Lestat-us Update: He's Working on Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles Show

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Image: Warner Bros

Notable blood-thirster Bryan Fuller is working on the pilot for Paramount’s new series based on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles books, and there are hopes he’ll stay on the show for good.

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount TV president Amy Powell was asked about the network’s much-anticipated Vampire Chronicles series, which she is calling “the Vampire Chronicles initiative.” Paramount TV optioned all 11 books last year, with Rice serving as an executive producer and her son, Christopher Rice, serving as the show’s main writer and showrunner. It looks like the show is currently in the pilot stage, but Powell noted that a very big name is now attached to the project.

“Bryan Fuller is working with Anne Rice and Chris, who are writing the pilot. We are hoping he chooses to stay on and potentially showrun,” Powell said.

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Let’s be honest, this type of series definitely fits Fuller’s creative inclinations. He’s famous for pushing the envelope with his goopy, gory shows, including Dead Like Me, Hannibal, and American Gods. Even his more innocent shows, like Pushing Daisies, tend to have a bit of the macabre. Considering he’s now gone from American Gods (after the first season) and Star Trek: Discovery (before it truly began), and we haven’t had an update on that Amazing Stories revival in a while, there is definitely room for Fuller to take on a new project. Hopefully, this ends up being the one.

We’ve reached out to Paramount and will update you should they provide us with more information.

Update: Christopher Rice confirmed on Vampire ChroniclesFacebook page that Fuller is, indeed, involved in the early production of the series. He didn’t specify how much Fuller is participating in the project, or whether he’ll be involved past the early stages, but he did share an episode of The Dinner Party where Fuller talked about that time when, as a teenager, he called Anne Rice saying he wanted to turn Interview With The Vampire into a movie.

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[The Hollywood Reporter]

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and there are hopes he’ll stay on the show for good.

I love Fuller, but well done, you.

I hit a hard stop with Anne Rice/The Vampire Chronicles after Memnoch the Devil, but can’t help but be curious how this could pan out. It screams Fuller, for sure. Personal opinion is that it’d be nice if the vampire genre stayed in its grave a bit longer, though.