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…