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Development news: Bryan Fuller exits The Vampire Chronicles; Channing Tatum announces Zombie Brother; Infidel comic lands adaptation

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May 9, 2018

With every showrunner exit, two new properties are born. Is that the saying? Well, it’s certainly the case today, as prolific creator (and exiter) Bryan Fuller has left yet another project, while Channing Tatum announces a new one -- plus an intriguing horror comic is becoming a movie.

Fuller’s ambitious turns creating the Hannibal and American Gods adaptations only make his departure from the latter (along with Star Trek: Discovery and Amazing Stories) more heartbreaking for fans. Now, according to Dread Central and confirmed by author Anne Rice (who tweeted out the link to the story), the producer/writer has left The Vampire Chronicles TV show:

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Fuller apparently “chose to move on” back in February to pursue other endeavors. The vampire show still seems to be doing fine, though, as writer Christopher Rice recently posted on Facebook showing off his completed pilot episode script, titled “Wolf Killer.” The script bears the title The Vampire Lestat, which could be temporary or an unannounced official title.


Meanwhile, in development land, Channing Tatum’s Free Association production company is partnering with a few others (including STX) to create a blockbuster Chinese film adaptation of Zombie Brother, one of the country’s biggest online comic and animation hits. It’s spawned video games and even an insanely successful stage play. Now, with a few American companies behind it, it’s heading for the big screen.


Finally, another comic is headed for the theaters: Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell’s Infidel. Infidel was purchased for adaptation after its very first issue was released back in March by Image Comics. It's a haunted house story featuring xenophobia as its fuel and an American Muslim woman as its protagonist.

The comic has been compared to Jordan Peele’s Get Out as a piece of horror that uses social satire to boost its scares -- something that became a hot commodity for studios once Peele’s film became a smash among critics and general audiences.