The planned TV series about Thomas Harris serial killer, Hannibal Lecter, could run for seven seasons.
That is according to show runner Bryan Fuller, who spoke to EW this week.
NBC is moving ahead with a 13-episode season of ‘Hannibal’ which will re-adapt Harris’ Lecter novels, and include Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising.
“There is a cheery disposition to our Hannibal,” Fuller explained of the yet-to-be-cast Lecter. “He’s not being telegraphed as a villain. If the audience didn’t know who he was, they wouldn’t see him coming. What we have is Alfred Hitchcock’s principle of suspense – show the audience the bomb under the table and let them sweat when it’s going to go boom. So the audience knows who Hannibal is so we don’t have to overplay his villainy. We get to subvert his legacy and give the audience twists and turns.”
Fuller described the series as a sort of “love story” between Lecter and FBI Agent Will Graham (to be played by Hugh Dancy).