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Fuller’s Hannibal series gets a resounding ‘Yes’ from NBC

February 16th, 2012 by Marc Comments

In what has to be the oddest bit of news of the day, it seems that NBC have said yes to a ‘Hannibal’ TV series.

FTN favourite Bryan Fuller, the genius behind ‘Dead Like Me’ and ‘Pushing Daisies’, wrote a treatment for a Hannibal prequel for Gaumont entitled ‘Hannibal’ – we see what he did there -and NBC committed immediately to a 13 episode first series.

Now we love Fuller’s work – ‘Dead Like Me’ is a gem of a show that needs to be rediscovered by everyone – and while he can write dark, we never thought of him writing THIS darkly. However, on thinking about it, we can see Hannibal as an almost Dexter-esque anti-hero based on what is known so far: That the show will be set before any of the movies and will feature a young  Hannibal Lecter and will be based on the events hinted at in Thomas Harris’ ‘Red Dragon’ novel. It is assumed it will be more faithful to the Anthony Hopkins’ Lecter than Brian Cox’s take on the character in Micheal Mann’s superb ‘Manhunter’.

It will tell the story of how Hannibal first crossed FBI agent Will Graham, played by Edward Norton in the movie ‘Red Dragon’.

We’re excited as Fuller is a wildly talented and wildly under-rated writer.

Check out the trailer of ‘Dead Like Me’ below and then go check it out…


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….