“Don’t psychoanalyze me….You wouldn’t like me when I’m psychoanalyzed”
The premiere episode of Hannibal–Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller’s interpretation of Thomas Harris’ sociopathic psychiatrist-cum-cannibal, and the characters that populate his insane world, starts the series off on a strong and incredibly stylish point.
Fans of Thomas Harris‘s suspense thrillers will not be disappointed with the latest incarnation of his most famous villain, Hannibal Lecter coming to NBC. This trailer gives us a great look at how the series creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Pushing Daisies) and director David Slade (30 Days of Night) are handling the relationship between Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and serial killer profile consultant Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).
Personally, I’ve always been more interested in Graham’s character and how he skirts the edge of madness when he tries to see the crime scenes through the eyes of the monstrous killers he hunts. The interplay between Graham and Lecter is going to be electric and from what I’ve seen so far, some damn fine television.
Fuller’s plan is for Hannibal to have a seven season run with thirteen episodes per season instead of the current standard of twenty-two. Hopefully the show can gain traction quickly, NBC does have a tendency to pull the plug on shows that don’t generate buzz and ratings in the first few episodes.
Will you be tuning in or DVR-ing the show?
Hannibal premieres on Thursday evening, April 4th, 2013 on NBC at 10/9c.
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Above: Yup, Summer Glau laying one on the Serenity. You’re welcome. [Geeks Are Sexy]
Another project of Bryan Fuller’s, the new Hannibal television series, will be airing on NBC in the near future. It will be a prequel to the stories that most are familiar with from the movies and books, focusing on the titular Hannibal before he was the man-eating killer that we’ve all grown to know and love.
And now the latest batch of set pics is available for you to view. Check out Mad Mikkelsen as Hannibal, Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Will Graham and Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, the FBI bossman.
If everything stays on track, Hannibal should be coming to televisions in spring of 2013.
Looks like there could be two serial killers on television very soon, but this one doesn’t make trophies…he makes his next meal.
Already in development is “Hannibal,” a one-hour drama written by Bryan Fuller centering on Lecter’s early days, namely his time going head-to-head with FBI agent Will Graham. Martha De Laurentiis (Hannibal Rising, Red Dragon) has signed on to produce the show. Given her previous experience with Hannibal, it will be like just riding a bike.. The series will be handled by newly created Gaumont International Television (GIT) based out of Los Angeles, GIT is led by Katie O’Connell as CEO and Richard Frankie as COO.
“As we looked to expand our global presence in television it became clear that the next logical step was to launch Gaumont International Television. As a leading independent studio we are looking to build a company that is nimble, global and creative in this ever changing television landscape,” commented French studio Gaumont’s CEO, Sidonie Dumas, and vice CEO, Christophe Riandee. “With Katie and Richard’s background in the US television market, both from a creative and business perspective, and with Erik in London overseeing our distribution and co-production, and our French team, we feel we are well positioned to produce and offer top-quality entertainment that will succeed globally.”
The back story between Hannibal and Agent Graham has been alluded to in Thomas Harris‘ novel Red Dragon and the films Manhunter and Red Dragon. Having another killer in a dramatic series will be different, for one Lecter isn’t killing in the name of justice. His character is that of of a maniacl killer with cunning and wit against his opponents. Wait a minute….this sounds like Dexter all over again.