NBC’s new take on serial killer Hannibal Lecter is shaping up to be
quite an interesting (and series TV-friendly) departure from films like Silence of the Lambs.
Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daises, Heroes) is taking five pages of backstory about the infamous cannibal psychiatrist from Thomas Harris’ book Red Dragon and using it as the basis for the first couple seasons of his planned drama.
Hannibal, which has received a 13-episode series order,
features Lecter teaming to solve crimes with empathic FBI profiler Will
Graham (Hugh Dancy). For the first time, viewers will spend quality time
with Lecter while he’s at large and before the world knows his secrets,
working side by side with a similarly brilliant man who is destined to
“It’s before he was incarcerated, so he’s more of a peacock,” Fuller
tells EW.com. “There is a cheery disposition to our Hannibal. He’s not
being telegraphed as a villain.