On the heels of leaving Starz’s American Gods, Bryan Fuller has signed on to bring another beloved piece of geek property to the small screen.
Paramount TV and Anonymous Content gained the rights to 11 books in the series in April, which started in 1976 with the publication of Interview with the Vampire. The most recent book, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, came out last year. The series sprawls over several years and characters, but it mainly follows Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman who was turned into a vampire in the 18th century.
Anne Rice’s son and collaborator on the project, Christopher Rice, revealed the news with an amazing anecdote on Facebook, sharing that when he was just a teenager, Fuller had looked Rice up in the phone book and told her he had a dream of adapting her books for the screen one day.
“Today I’m thrilled to inform you that the young man of which I speak is Bryan Fuller… the opportunity he asked for all those years ago has finally arrived,” Christopher Rice said. He went on: “Almost instantly after we sold the rights last April, we knew we were working with some of the finest producers television had to offer. And those producers knew that Bryan would be a perfect addition to our creative team.”
Tom Cruise played Lestat in the most popular and well-known screen version of Rice’s world to date, the 1994 adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, also starring Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, and Christian Slater. Stuart Townsend then played him in the 2002 adaptation of The Queen of the Damned.
As one of the most popular vampire series, there’s a constant clamor for more adaptations of the books. Last year, Rice announced she had regained theatrical rights to her books and was working on developing a television series for them with her son.