Bryan Fuller is taking another juicy bite out of television.
The out writer and super-producer, who exited as showrunner of Starz’s American Gods in November, has officially joined the team adapting Anne Rice’s best-selling vampire novels into a TV series.
Rice’s son, gay author Christopher Rice, shared the news earlier this week in a Facebook post. “It’s our great pleasure to officially announce that Bryan has become a member of the creative family working to bring the story of the vampire Lestat to television,” he wrote, sharing a funny anecdote about Fuller’s longtime obsession with his mother’s work.
At the age of 13, Fuller personally called the famous fantasy author to express his interest in writing a film adaptation of Interview With the Vampire, her 1976 debut novel and first in the Vampire Chronicles book series.
Fuller is being eyed as a potential showrunner for the TV series, which is currently underway with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.
Rice first revealed in November 2016 that she had re-obtained the theatrical rights to her Vampire Chronicles series and was prepping a TV pilot based on the iconic books with her son. “It is, more than ever, abundantly clear that television is where the vampires belong,” she wrote on Facebook, promising fans a “Game of Thrones-style faithful rendering of this material.”
Interview With the Vampire was previously adapted into a 1994 feature film starring Tom Cruise as pansexual charmer Prince Lestat de Lioncourt alongside Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, and Kirsten Dunst. Rice’s Queen of the Damned was also made into a 2002 film starring late R&B singer Aaliyah.
No word yet on casting for her TV series, but Rice previously mentioned Chris Hemsworth and Stephen Amell as actors she would like to see portray Lestat.
When honored last year with the Outfest Achievement Award, Fuller discussed his disappointment in studio executives who thwarted his attempts to add gay characters to shows such as Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, and Heroes. As co-creator and showrunner of American Gods, Fuller went on to spearhead a groundbreaking gay sex scene between an Arab man and a magical djinn.
Fuller stepped down as showrunner of the gay-inclusive Star Trek: Discovery but remains as an executive producer of the series. This past summer he teased a revival of his cult series Hannibal, which featured a homoerotic relationship between its lead male characters.