If Hannibal Rising wasn’t enough information about the early days of Dr. Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter for you, prepare to learn more. The character will be getting his own TV show set in the years before Red Dragon, dealing with his cat and mouse games with Will Graham.
The proposed series will be the first TV venture for French studio Gaumont, and it’ll be written by Heroes/Wonder Falls/Dead Like Me guy Bryan Fuller. That’s about all we got at this time.
Hannibal Lecter is one of the weirdest horror characters ever, as far as I’m concerned. His origins were pretty base, in the paperback thrillers of Thomas Harris, but he quickly ascended to something special at the hands of Jonathan Demme and Sir Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. In fact he might be the only horror franchise character to have ever won his portrayer an acting Oscar. In the years since Silence of the Lambs Hannibal has been returned to again and again, each time with diminishing returns (but one expects growing paychecks for Hopkins), right up until the truly terrible Hannibal Rising, which I thought finally ended the public’s interest in the character.
But now a TV show. I just hope it’s basically cannibalistic Frasier. And maybe each episode can be bookended by Anthony Hopkins reminiscing about his old adventures. “Oh hello, Clarice. Have I told you about the time that I tricked Will Graham into entering a transvestite beauty pageant?”