Bryan Fuller will leave his mark on Anne Rice’s new Vampire Chronicles TV show

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Jan 11, 2018, 5:41 PM EST

Anne Rice fans, rejoice (and Hannibal fans, too, for that matter): Bryan Fuller, who knows a thing or two about cranking up the atmosphere to wickedly tense effect, is on board for the pilot episode of the new Vampire Chronicles TV series that Anne Rice and her son, Christopher, are developing with Paramount.

Via a quick mention in The Hollywood Reporter’s broad-ranging interview with Paramount TV president Amy Powell, it looks as though Fuller — the mastermind behind Pushing Daisies, Hannibal, and American Gods — may stay on beyond just the pilot episode, if Powell gets her wish.

“We bought 11 novels as part of the Vampire Chronicles initiative,” Powell told THR. “Bryan Fuller is working with Anne Rice and [her son] Chris, who are writing the pilot. We are hoping he chooses to stay on and potentially showrun.”

If you’re a fan of Fuller’s work, you know he’d likely make an ideal leader for any adaptation that aims to capture Anne Rice’s gift for creating layered relationships, complicated personal histories, and visual environments that amplify the drama.

Fingers crossed, then, that Fuller’s involvement will take him far beyond just a pilot episode — a wish that looks increasingly likely to come true. Christopher Rice took to Facebook to confirm and celebrate Fuller’s participation on the show, in the process sharing a pretty cool story about just how far back the Fuller-Rice connection actually goes:

Most famous among Rice’s iconic Vampire novels is the series’ first, Interview With the Vampire, which was adapted into a blockbuster 1994 film that starred Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and earned a then-unknown Kirsten Dunst a Golden Globe nomination for her turn as the pair’s once-bitten, adopted vampire daughter.

The timing of Fuller’s move to The Vampire Chronicles is serendipitous to say the least, since Fuller and fellow showrunner Michael Green only recently left their roles on American Gods. Casting for the show’s initial run of 11 episodes hasn’t yet been locked down, but we’re already daydreaming about which actor would make the perfect Lestat in 2018.