There were many of us that thought a Hannibal television series (on family friendly NBC, no less) was a bad idea. Now it looks as if our bad idea may go seven seasons.
Last month, we forwarded reports that NBC had given the green light to a 13-episode take on Hannibal which is based on the Thomas Harris serial killer character Hannibal Lecter played by Sir Anthony Hopkins in the award sweeping Silence of the Lambs and then again in the sequel (also titled Hannibal).
Bryan Fuller is overseeing the transition to television and explained to EW, “There is a cheery disposition to our Hannibal. 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 went on to tell the magazine that the series has been mapped out for a seven-season arch and will re-adapt Harris’ novels including Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and (the gawd-awful) Hannibal Rising.
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