Any news that Bryan Fuller is heading up a series is good news, but this particular series is a match made in … some creepy, dark underground corner, and that’s perfect.
After exiting American Gods (Starz) due to severe budget cuts by production company, FremantleMedia North America, it didn’t take long for Fuller to score a new show. And, oh what a show! Based on Anne Rice’s vivid The Vampire Chronicles — which include Interview with the Vampire (1976), The Vampire Lestat (1985), The Queen of the Damned (1988), The Tale of the Body Thief (1992), Memnoch the Devil (1995), The Vampire Armand (1998), Merrick (2000), Blood and Gold (2001), Blackwood Farm (2002), Blood Canticle (2003), Prince Lestat (2014), Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis(2016) — many of the books center on the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt (played by Tom Cruise in 1994’s Interview with the Vampire). Of course, my brain immediately went …
… but, probably a more-fitting-to-the-Lestat-character choice might be:
Alternatively, I might suggest Tom Felton.
As usual, I’m getting way ahead of myself, since the partnership of Anne Rice, Christopher Rice (son) and Fuller was only just announced. Call it kismet that the magical showrunner was freed up to finally take on the series he’s been dreaming of bringing to life since he was a teenager (listen, beginning at the 3:40 mark).
Your mother was so kind to me. Okay, so I am a wee young thing … and I was obsessed with Interview with the Vampire … somehow I got it fixed into my head that I was going to adapt it, I was going to write the screenplay based on Interview with the Vampire, so your parents, very foolishly, were listening … so I called information in San Francisco … they gave me a number for Stan Rice [Anne’s husband], and I called it and your mother answered the phone. …
I told her my agenda … I pitched her myself as the writer, and I think she could probably tell that I was a very young man, because my voice was particularly high, and so I think she was just like, ‘Okay, I’m not going to shut this one down’, but she was so kind, and I basically interviewed her about the writing process and creativity.
… She gave me the name and number — she’s like, well I have nothing to do with hiring of the writer , so you might want to call [producer] Julia Phillips; here’s her number … I called Julia; I called her at her office, that was an old number, she had moved, and so then I called another number … and so I had tracked her down through several people, and finally somebody gave me her home number. I was so tenacious [age 12 or 13] … I finally got Julia; I would leave a message for her every day — several times a day, actually — and finally she picked up … and she finally agreed, ‘I will talk to you at my office tomorrow if you promise never to call me again’ … and she was very kind, she was like, ‘You’re too young, go to school, learn how to write, we’re never going to give you a screenplay at 13 years old’, and so it was pretty magnanimous, ultimately, because it was pretty obnoxious, a pretty obnoxious invasion.” [Bryan Fuller]
That’s an amazing story of a clearly determined young writer, who after all these years, will finally fulfill his dream of writing screenplays based on his favorite author’s books.
Teaming with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, The Vampire Chronicles will be executive produced by Anne and Christopher Rice, written together with Fuller and as we are certain, give life to Lestat in the way he truly deserves — spectacularly, with not a body to be found.
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) January 11, 2018
We’ll update as more news becomes available; for now, let our hearts just thrill to the news.