By now we’ve learned what television shows succeeded and which didn’t this season, but it’s never too soon to start speculating about what new shows the networks will try out next. In the works right now is a drama series based on Hannibal Lecter, of Silence of the Lambs fame, cleverly named Hannibal and an animated series based on those munchie-lovin’ stoners, Harold & Kumar.
The Hannibal series has been picked up by NBC and is being developed by Bryan Fuller, producer of Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies. The show will follow Lector’s early days as a serial killer, and in particular his time facing off against FBI agent, Will Graham.
Deadline is reporting,
Fuller is developing a script against a 13-episode commitment, meaning that the project won’t go through a pilot stage but straight to series if NBC brass like the script. The network has a short window after receiving Fuller’s script to pick it up.
Sounds good to me. If a series like Dexter, about a serial killer working for good, can succeed like it has I have high hopes for Hannibal Lector. He’s only one of the most famous, fictional serial killers out there. I’ll be curious to see who they’ll cast for Lector. I mean, Anthony Hopkin’s performance is iconic, it’ll be a tough job filling those shoes.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas opened this passed weekend and is only the third film of the series. For a franchise that began seven years agos we haven’t seen too much from the lovable stoners. But that could change if the animated series Lionsgate is shopping around gets picked up. As of right now Comedy Central and MTV are interested parties.
The best news about a Harold & Kumar animated series is not only are original writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg signed on but John Cho and Kal Penn are on board as well! No word on Neil Patrick Harris, but he’d better at least be included as a recurring role. It wouldn’t be the same without him!
Stoked to see either of these shows come to fruition?